Lesley H. Walker
Professor of French
President of the Academic Senate
PhD, University of Minnesota, 1996
She joined the IU South Bend faculty in the fall of 1997. She chaired the World Languages Studies Department from 2003 to 2010. After serving for a year as acting Chair of the Department of History, she is currently the President of the Academic Senate.
She teaches all levels of French language, literature, and culture as well as an occasional general education course, called “A Short History of Love.” Last summer, she team-taught for the third time a course with her colleague in English, Dr. Lee Kahan, that included a three-week study trip to London and Paris. In addition to French studies, she has an abiding interest in cinema and African literature and has developed new courses in these areas and plans to continue these efforts.
Her research field is eighteenth-century French studies, specifically women's art and literature. A Mother’s Love: Crafting Feminine Virtue in Enlightenment France was published in 2008 by Bucknell Unversity Press. Since the appearance of her book, Walker has published several articles in French, devoted to late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century women writers. Additionally, she organized along with her colleague Dr. Julia Douthwaite, Professor of French at the University of Notre Dame, an international conference on the French Revolution that welcomed scholars from France, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, and the United States.