Dr. Elise Leahy holds a Ph.D. in French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is an Associate Professor of French. She has been teaching at SUU since fall of 1992. In graduate school, she focused on French theatre and wrote a dissertation on late twentieth century historical dramas by Hélène Cixous. More recent research interests include autobiography and memoire by contemporary French and francophone writers, music and literature by writers of immigrant origin in contemporary France, and modern and contemporary French theatre. Teaching interests include French language, phonetics, translation, modern French and francophone literature and theatre, and world cinema. Dr. Leahy is currently serving on the Executive Board of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages and as Chair of the Department of Languages & Philosophy.
Dr. Rosa A. Perez holds a Ph.D. in French from CUNY (City University of New York) and is an Assistant Professor of French. She has been teaching at SUU since the fall of 2008. Her specialization is Medieval French literature and culture. Her research interests include Jewish women in early modern France, gender and folklore in medieval romances and diasporic identities in francophone literature. Her teaching interests include French language, early modern French literature, francophone and French literature and culture, and humanities.
Drs. Leahy and Perez enjoy organizing many events and activities which enrich the classroom experience of their students, such as film festivals, French Tables, and performance opportunities. These offer the students additional exposure to French culture and language and create a sense of community for French students on campus.