Professor of French & Francophone StudiesColby College
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An expert in French-speaking cultures and literatures, Dr. Bénédicte Mauguière attended the Université in Angers, France. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree, she received her MA with honors upon completion of her 200-page thesis, The Francophones of Louisiana: A Linguistic and Cultural Approach. Dr. Bénédicte Mauguière then attended the Université Paris-Sorbonne, receiving her doctorate with honors in 1990.
Currently, Dr. Bénédicte Mauguière teaches as Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Colby College, Maine. Dr. Bénédicte Mauguière additionally serves as a Faculty Associate for the Franco-American Center at the University of Maine and as the Adjunct Director for the Conseil International d’Études Francophones. As both a writer and editor, she regularly contributes articles to academic publications such as the International Journal of Francophone Studies, the New Encyclopedia of Africa, and Rencontre avec L’Inde, among others. Dr. Bénédicte Mauguière also currently serves on the editorial boards for Québec Studies and Nouvelles Études Francophones.
Outside of the publishing world, Dr. Bénédicte Mauguière regularly presents papers at conferences and has speaking engagements throughout the world. In 2009, she gave the Humanities Nobel Lecture at the University of Calgary in Canada. More recently, Dr. Bénédicte Mauguière spoke on sociolinguistic stigma and literary emergence in North American French vernaculars at the American Comparative Literature Association . She was also invited to give a talk on the transcultural imagery of J.M.G. Le Clézio and Awal Sewtohul at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India in February 2011.
Dr. Bénédicte Mauguière is multilingual, fluent in both English and French, with additional knowledge of German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. She is a member of the American Association of Teachers of French, the Association for Canadian and Québec Literatures, the American Council for Québec Studies, and the Modern Language Association.