I was educated in France and in the USA. After passing the Agrégation, I left France to do a PhD at Harvard University on 18th century tragedy. My first academic job as Assistant Professor of French was at Indiana University where I taught until 2009 before moving to Vanderbilt University. In 2012, I joined the department of French Studies at The University of Manchester.
My research is primarily on early modern French culture with a focus on philosophy. My new book A Philosophy of Simple Living was published in April 2020. A German and a Romanian translation of the book will be released soon.
I have taught many aspects of French culture such as as early modern theatre, film adaptations of Laclos' Dangerous Liaisons, libertine literature, and French philosophers and moralists from the 17th and 18th centuries. I have also taught a module on animal studies, 'Beyond Human', which focused on Montaigne, Descartes, Diderot and Derrida.
I have received teaching awards: The Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching and The Board of Trustees Teaching Award at Indiana University. In 2013, I was nominated as Best Lecturer in the Humanities at Manchester.
From September 2014 till September 2017, I was Head of the Graduate School in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures as well as Director of Research Training in the Arts. I was also in charge of Teaching Assistant training and HEA associate fellowship accreditations. For these roles, I have received a Rewarding Exceptional Performance Award in 2016. I have occupied other administrative roles at my previous institutions.