French

Our faculty

  • Sophie Adamson
    Associate Professor of French in the Department of World Languages & Cultures and Chair of the Department of World Languages & Cultures
    Carlton Building 218
    2125 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5731
    sadamson@elon.edu

    Sophie Adamson received her Ph.D. in French literature from UNC-Chapel Hill and joined the Elon faculty in 2005. Her teaching and research interests include French and Francophone writing and the intersections of literature, identity, popular culture, humor, film, media and social criticism. She is passionate about the scholarship of teaching & learning and the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching award from Elon's College of Arts & Sciences in 2010. Her current projects focus on developing connections between students and French-speaking communities - both locally and worldwide via internet technology.  When she visits her favorite city - Paris - her priorities are bookstores and art exhibits, but also sidewalk cafes, Velib' rental bikes and French clothing stores for her three children!

  • Patti Burns
    Lecturer in French in the Department of World Languages and Cultures
    Carlton Building 334
    2125 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5710
    pburns5@elon.edu
    Patti Burns received her M.A. in translation from the Institute for Applied Linguistics at Kent State University in 2003, completed doctoral coursework at UNC-Chapel Hill and joined the Elon faculty in 2014. Her scholarly interests include translation, performance studies, Belle Epoque France, identity, food and film. It was in her own undergraduate study abroad experience in Paris, where she was immersed in language classes at the Sorbonne as well as in theatre and art courses, that she developed a passion for the theory and practice of language acquisition. She is fascinated by how students learn and in developing mini-learning communities in and outside the classroom. Professor Burns lives in Greensboro with her fellow film-geek husband and two very animated children.
  • Olivia Choplin
    Associate Professor of French in the Department of World Languages and Cultures
    Carlton Building 222
    2125 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5815
    ochoplin@elon.edu

    Olivia Choplin received her PhD in French Literature with a Minor in Psychoanalytic Studies from Emory University in 2009 and joined Elon's faculty that same year. Her teaching and research interests include foreign language pedagogy, French theater (from the farces of the Middle Ages to the post-dramatic theater of contemporary France), psychoanalytic theory, contemporary Québécois literature, and literature of the Caribbean and the Caribbean diaspora. She loves bringing theater into the foreign language classroom. Her favorite city in France is Nantes, where she taught and studied for three years after her undergraduate studies and met her husband. Some of her favorite aspects of French and Francophone culture include smelly cheese, crêpes, bilingual puns and play with words, and the belief that governments have a responsibility to support and cultivate the arts.

  • Sarah Glasco
    Associate Professor of French in the Department of World Languages and Cultures
    Carlton Building 324
    2125 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5813
    sglasco@elon.edu

    Sarah Glasco completed her Ph.D. in 2006 at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, focusing on the contemporary French novel with a supporting program in contemporary Hispanic literature. She joined Elon’s faculty that same year. Her scholarly interests include immigration policy in France, intertextuality and global culture in the novels of Jean-Philippe Toussaint, and literacy-based language learning. Her favorite city in France is Montpellier (vive le sud!) where she regularly visits her "sister", Béatrice, who lived with Glasco in 1987. She loves the laid-back life of southern France and being by the Mediterannean. She also adores ripe stinky cheeses, rich red wine, the aroma of Gauloises cigarettes, and epic three-hour meals shared with friends that often include all three of the aforementioned. Professor Glasco resides in Carrboro with her husband and two children (who also love Montpellier!).

  • Sarah Peterson
    Adjunct Assistant Professor of World Languages and Cultures
    Carlton Building 228
    2125 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5640
    speterson7@elon.edu