Research areas

  • Eighteenth-century literature and culture, especially the novel and political theory

Dating back to my graduate studies at Princeton, I have also had a strong interest in political theory, and lately it has become my main area of research. I have recently worked on the political culture of the late eighteenth century, particularly on Raynal and Diderot's Histoire des deux Indes, and on Condorcet. Some of my other interests include utopian literature, historiography, and the development of mathematics in the eighteenth century.

Area of expertise:

  • French

I have two chief research interests: aesthetic and sociological approaches to the eighteenth-century novel, and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century political theory, in both cases with a particular focus on France.

Research Interests

  • 18th-century literature and culture; the novel and political theory


  • 18th Century
  • France
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
European Studies, Literature, Italian, French
PhD, Princeton University, French Literature, 1995
MA, Princeton University, French Literature, 1990
BA, Université Paris Diderot, English Linguistics, 1982
fictional language or literature france fiction literary criticism history french language or literature american literature aesthetics anthropology political theory political philosophy
English, French
American Association of Teachers of French
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Modern Language Association of America