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Department of French & Italian at Emory

New Faculty Appointments

The Department welcomes two new faculty members in September: Chad Córdova and Alexander Mendes will join the French faculty as assistant professors.

Chad Córdova (Ph.D., Princeton University, 2018) works on literature, philosophy, and the arts in early modern and 20th-century France. His other interests include: psychoanalysis, continental thought, and media studies. He is currently pursuing two long-term research projects. The first, stemming from his PhD thesis, studies early modern French critiques of cultural and philosophical humanism, and explores how these critiques – and the notions of subjectivity, literature, and aesthetics they develop – might shed new light on major developments in 20th-century French thought. 

The second project is a genealogy – beginning in 16th- and 17th-century France – of modern ideas and images of melancholy and depression, especially in medicine, psychoanalysis, visual arts, philosophy, and poetry


Alexander Mendes (Ph.D., UC Davis, 2018) specializes in multilingualism in the context of the French Mediterranean. Alex is trained in qualitative applied sociolinguistics and second language acquisition, with interests in comparative Romance and Romance minority languages. He is, in addition, particularly interested in language awareness approaches to language learning/pedagogy as well as SLA in multilingual environments. His current book project is a linguistic ethnography on (im)migration, heritage languages, and multilingualism on Corsica, examining how the island is experiencing the consequences of “globalizing surges.”


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