Degree: Ph.D. French Language and Literature, Michigan State University
Position: Visiting Professor of French
Research Interest: The female body as a locus of patriarchal discourses, gendered violence in the context of armed conflict, and the confluence of identity, gender, and nationalism. Also has interests in Agency-based and experiential learning, comics/bédés in the second-language classroom, and social justice pedagogies.
Campus Address: Wells Hall
Dr. Prundeanu-Thrower holds a Ph.D. in French Language and Literature from Michigan State University (Dissertation: “Cutting Delilah’s Hair: Sentimental Collaborators and the Politics of Female Sexuality in WWI/II France”, dir. by Dr. Anna Norris). Her research explores the female body as a locus of patriarchal discourses, gendered violence in the context of armed conflict, and the confluence of identity, gender, and nationalism. Her most recent article “Unwilling and Unprepared: Collective Responsibility for Traumatic Wartime Motherhood”, in the journal Law, Culture and the Humanities (https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1743872120964718), examines the detrimental effects of motherhood as a patriarchal institution shaped by nationalism/ethnocentrism and its impact on ‘sentimental collaborators’ in WWII-France, survivors of genocidal rape in Rwanda, and returning LRA ‘wives’ in Uganda.
Dr. Prundeanu-Thrower has taught a wide range of French language and culture courses at Kalamazoo College and at MSU, where she also developed interdisciplinary IAH (Integrated Arts and Humanities) courses such as ‘Women and the World Wars’ and ‘Gendered Violence: Women and Armed Conflict’. Dr. Prundeanu-Thrower spent a year teaching English at the Université François Rabelais in Tours, France.