Catherine Gallouët, dean of William Smith College and professor of French and Francophone Studies, is the recipient of the 2014-15 John Readie & Florence B. Kinghorn Global Fellowship.
Established in 1970 and generously endowed by Dr. and Mrs. William Reckmeyer in honor of John Readie and Florence B. Kinghorn, the fellowship honors outstanding faculty at HWS who have exemplified global citizenship on a continued basis.
In recognition of her appointment, Gallouët will receive a stipend of $3,000 to be used in the spirit and nature of this award.
As a Kinghorn Global Fellow, she will deliver the Kinghorn Global Fellow Lecture during her appointment period. The lecture topic is to be determined by the Kinghorn Global Fellow, but will be connected to global citizenship and reflective of the work Gallouët has done to qualify for the award. The lecture will be open to the HWS and Geneva communities.
Through her involvement with HWS committees and student groups and through her role as an adviser, Gallouët has been deeply involved in the fabric of the HWS student experience since 1986 and engaged particularly in global study.
The author and editor of numerous scholarly publications, Gallouët’s recent scholarly work focuses on culture and race during the French Enlightenment, particularly how resistance and revolt of African slaves are represented in 18th century cultural productions.
Gallouët recently published Marivaudage: théories & pratiques d’un discours (Oxford Studies in the Enlightenment, 2014), a collection of essays exploring the style of Marivaux as it is discussed by his contemporaries and is remembered today. She also recently published on Nzingha, queen of Angola, in a special issue on Africa in the 18th century French journal Dix-Huitième Siècle. The article, reviewed in Angola and in Brazil where Nzingha is a historical heroine, is considered a breakthrough in European studies of the African queen.
Through the fellowship, Gallouët will bring her recent research to book form, focusing on 18th century European representations of Africans in literature during the French Enlightenment.
Gallouët serves on the organizing committee of the Marivaux conference at the Université Aix-Marseille through January 2015. She is co-editor of “Les représentations du Noir dans la littérature, l’histoire et les arts européens et américains des XVIIIe et XIXe siècles.“
Born in Vietnam, Gallouët received her doctorate and master’s from Rutgers University, her B.A. cum laude from Hope College and her Bacalauréat, with honors, from Académie de Grenoble. She is member of Groupe de Recherches sur les Représentations Européennes de l’Afrique et des Africains aux 17e et 18e siècles, Société pour lA TOpique Romanesque, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, North East Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Société Marivaux, and Modern Languages Association.