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Katarzyna Stempniak

Katarzyna Stempniak
Katarzyna Stempniak

Visiting Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies

 Kasia Stempniak’s areas of teaching and research include French literature and culture in the 19th and 20th centuries, with specific interests in visual and material culture. She has published on fashion and architecture in French Historical Studies and on fin-de-siècle celebrity culture in Dix-neuf

She earned her doctorate in Romance studies (French) from Duke University in 2019.

Recent Courses Taught

Communication in Francophone Cultural Contexts: Intermediate French I
Introduction to French Literature II: Writing the City
What’s New? Improving Oral Communication in French
À la mode: Fashion and the Body in French Literature and Culture, 1800 to Present 
Elementary French I

Research Interests

French Cultural Studies
19th & 20th Century French Literature
Fashion Studies
Intersections of Fashion and Architecture
Museums and New Media
Women’s and Gender Studies


Creative Arts & Technology Grant, fall 2020
Wellin Museum Grant for Innovative Teaching, fall 2019 and spring 2020
Naomi Schor Memorial Award (for best graduate essay), Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, 2016

Select Publications

  • “Dressing the Eiffel Tower: Fashion and Architecture in fin-de-siècle Paris.” French Historical Studies. 43:2, (April 2020).
  • “On Display: Fashioning Fame through the ‘mannequin.’” Dix-Neuf. 23:2, 104-117.

Appointed to the Faculty: 2019

Educational Background

Ph.D., Duke University
B.A., George Washington University

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