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Dr. Sarah Gendron
Dr. Sarah GendronMarquette University

Lalumiere Hall, 440

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-5441
Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor of French

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

I teach courses that range from language instruction to literature classes related to French and Francophone studies. My area of specialization is 20th century French literature and philosophy. Within this domain, I have taught courses on 20th (and 21st.) century French literature and literary theory, French Holocaust studies, Francophone representations of genocide, and visual and textual art about Rwanda.


  • 1996-2001 University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin: Ph.D
  • 1993-1995 University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin: MA
  • 1991 Université de la Sorbonne, Paris, France; Certificate
  • 1988-1992 University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; BA

Courses Taught

  • Beginning through Intensive Intermediate French Language
  • Conversation and Composition
  • Introduction to Literary Analysis in French
  • French Civilization through Art
  • Francophone Civilization
  • Twentieth and Twenty-first Century French Literature
  • North African Women Writers
  • Francophone Literature
  • French and Francophone Film (in English)
  • French Film
  • Francophone Representations of the Holocaust
  • Francophone Representations of Genocide
  • Rwandan Stories (both French and HOPR)
  • Aesthetics and Horror (HOPR)
  • The Cambodian Genocide (HOPR)
  • Existentialism
  • French Feminist Theory
  • French and Francophone Critical Theories
  • The Immigrant Experience in Film (co-taught)

Professional Affiliations

I am also proud to be involved with students and colleagues in the planning and presentation of the Foreign Film Festival at Marquette University, created in 2006.


  • Genocide, Trauma, and Propaganda Studies
  • Women in International Humanitarian Law Conflict Studies
  • Women’s Studies
  • 20th and 21st Century Francophone Literature
  • 20th Century French Philosophy


  • 2017 Frédéric Brun’s, Perla. Sarah Gendron and Jennifer Vanderheyden, trans. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. Original text was the winner of France’s prestigious Prix Goncourt.
  • 2017 “Sub silentio: Sexual Assault of Women in International Humanitarian Law,” Legacies of the Hague: War, Peace and International Order? (New York: Routledge)
  • 2017 Forthcoming: “In Plain Sight: The Ethics of Proximity in the Holocaust and the Rwandan Genocide, in From Banality to Genocide: Perspectives on Evil (Amsterdam: Brill)
  • 2017 Forthcoming: “The Culture Collapses, The Nation Vanishes: Cambodian Art Before, During, and After Genocide,” Charles Desnoyers and R. Kagan, eds., Journal of Genocide Research, Special Issue on Southeast Asia.
  • 2015 “Feminigenocide: Or the Effacement of Women in the Genocidal Experience,” Journal of Academic Perspectives, Vol 2015, 3.
  • 2013 “Crossing the Line: Writing and Reading Holocaust Testimonies.” In Jack Shuler and Leo Riegert, eds., Thinking and Practicing Reconciliation: Literary and Pedagogical Responses to Atrocity. (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing)
  • 2013 “Beyond Borders: Formalizing Trauma in Marie-France Collard and Phillippe Taszman’s Rwanda 94: Through Us, Humanity…” Stephanie Houston Grey, ed. Journal for the Northwest Communication Association, Special Issue on Trauma.
  • 2013 Simone de Beauvoir’s “War Notes,” transcriber and translator. The Beauvoir Series: Literary Writings. Margaret Simons and Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir, eds. Champaign: University of Illinois Press

Honors and Awards

  • 2018 Nominee, Excellence in Teaching Award, Arts & Sciences
  • 2017 Course Development Grant, $3,500
  • 2013, 2014, 2016 Finalist for Excellence in Advising Award
  • 2015 Summer Faculty Fellowship, $5,500.00
  • 2015 Women’s and Gender Studies Research Grant, $1500.00
  • 2015 Regular Research Grant, $6,000.00
  • 2015 Center for Transnational Justice, $5,000.00
  • 2013 Center for Peacemaking Research Grant, $2500.00
  • 2013 Summer Faculty Fellowship, $5,500.00
  • 2013 Regular Research Grant, $6,000.00
  • 2012 Women’s and Gender Studies Collaborative Research Grant, $5000.00
  • 2012 Full Year Sabbatical Fellowship, Marquette University
  • 2012 Mellon Grant for Development of Student Fellowship in Foreign Languages (shared)
  • 2012 Mellon Grant, course on the Immigrant Experience (shared)
  • 2010 Mellon Grant, Virtual Immersion Program $87,107.00
  • 2010 Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum: Invitation to Archive my work on the Holocaust.
  • 2009 FACE Grant (French-American Cultural Exchange of the French Embassy) $1,800.00
  • 2008 FACE Grant (French-American Cultural Exchange of the French Embassy) $1,800.00
  • 2008 Faculty Development Grant, $1,500.00
  • 2007 Summer Faculty Fellowship Research grant, $5,500.00
  • 2007 Regular Research Grant for 2007-2008. $3,928.00
  • 2006 Faculty Development Grant. Research grant for summer 2006. $5,000.00
  • 2005 Summer Faculty Fellowship. Research grant for summer 2005. $5,500.00
  • 2005 Regular Research Grant: Research Assistant and research travel grant, $2,425.00
  • 2004 Finalist, NEH Summer Stipend.
  • 2004 Gettel Faculty Research Grant, $1000.00
  • 2003 Finalist, Excellence in Teaching, Bradley University
  • 2000 Texas Interactive Media award. Paroles (French Language Textbook), interactive CD Rom (
  • 1999 Cinema in Industry award (Gold Medal). For best use of interactive media in higher education. Paroles
  • 1999 Invision Award (Honorable mention), New Media Magazine. Paroles
  • 1997 Excellence in Teaching Fellowship, UW-Madison, $1000.00

Additional Information

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1310 W. Clybourn St.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 288-7063

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