Margaret Dempster Senior Lecturer in French
Margaret Dempster earned her B.S. in French and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and her M.A. in French literature from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Her doctoral dissertation is entitled: "Writing, Punishment, and the Self: A Study of Five Twentieth-century French Novels." She has studied with the Council in Educational Exchange Critical Studies Program as well as at the University of Paris VII-Jussieu in Paris. Margaret has also worked in France as an interpreter and culinary aide at the Ecole de Gastronomie Française in Paris and has taught English at the Lycée Charlemagne in Paris and at the Université de Pau in Pau, France. She has taught French at the University of Illinois, Iowa State University and Indiana University as well as at a Montessori school in Indiana. Her interests are in eighteenth- and twentieth-century French literature, twentieth-century women writers and autobiography.
Margaret is responsible for the Coordination of the Intensive First-year French program, and she is the Study Abroad adviser for French. She has taught two Freshman seminars and hasserved as a Freshman adviser. Margaret has been a faculty fellow at the International Studies Residence College (ISRC) and served as ISRC Master from 2008-2012. She and her colleague, Aude Raymond, sponsor the weekly Table Française lunches. For two years, Margaret served as the Advertising Manager for the French Review, the main publication of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF).