Dr. Lauren Ravalico

Associate Professor of French

Address: JC Long 405
Office Hours: On sabbatical, 2021-22
E-mail: ravalicold@cofc.edu

Dr. Lauren Ravalico is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies and Affiliated Faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies at the College of Charleston. She is a specialist in 17th-19th-century French literature, art, and culture. Her current research focuses on representations of feminine incarceration in both word and image media at various points in modern history that allegorize politics through a repetitive and highly sexualized fantasy of women held captive. In a broad sense, the project is a way to understand, on the one hand, rape culture in its relationship with different forms of government, including democracy. And on the other, it’s a way to study how a force we have come to call “feminism” has been working in creative and often clandestine ways for a long time in opposition to this darkness.

She was the recipient of the 2020 ExCEL Award for Outstanding Faculty Member in the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs for her commitment to creating a campus environment that promotes diversity, inclusion, and excellence. As part of that commitment, she launched “Adelante!,” an LCWA scholarship program that works with the Office of Institutional Diversity’s “Crossing the Cistern” initiative to support students’ academic achievement and well-being at the College.

She enjoys teaching at all levels of French and Francophone Studies as well as in Women’s and Gender Studies. She is particularly interested in high-impact, low-anxiety approaches to learning and has won numerous grants to support innovative teaching. Some highlights have included staging a pop-up Montessori learning environment in the traditional university classroom; student-run performances of a 17th-century comedy, both at the College’s Chapel Theatre (which drew a full house of more than 100 people) and on Zoom; and many, many cooking and eating projects that involve the history, language, culture, and business of French foods. Dr. Ravalico was the Director of “Global Foodways,” the inaugural 2018-2019 World Affairs Signature Series for the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs. Thanks to a grant from SC Humanities that helped to fund many of the events in this interdisciplinary initiative, she was able to coordinate an exciting, yearlong lineup of guest lectures and gastronomic experiences for the College and local community to explore the multifaceted world of food. 

She is fluent in both French and Italian and has also studied German, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.


Harvard University  
Ph.D., M.A.

Tulane University  

Cornell University
B.A. with Distinction in All Subjects

Courses Taught

FREN 490: Special Topics in French Literature and Culture

FREN 476: Voices from 17th-and/or 18th-Century France

FREN 434: 18th-Century Literature

FREN 335: Interpreting French Literature and Film

FREN 313: French Composition in Cultural Contexts

FREN 201: Intermediate French I Through Culture

FREN 101: Beginning French I Through Culture

WGS 323: Special Topics


Recent Publications

“Berthe Morisot’s Subversive Objectification of Women,” Women in French Studies, forthcoming fall 2021.

“Connecting French Studies to the World through Global Foodways.” Teaching Diversity and Inclusion: Examples from a French-Speaking Classroom, edited by E. Nicole Meyer and Eilene Hoft-March, Routledge, 2021.

"Silence Over Violence: The Ineffable Power of Affect in Indiana." George Sand Studies, vol. 37-38, 2018-2019, pp.13-32. 

"Praying for Surrender." Skirt: Charleston's First Women's Magazine, May 2019, pp. 25-26.

"Global Foodways." Skirt: Charleston's First Women's Magazine, Nov. 2018, pp. 10-11.

“Troubled Waters: Liquid Memory in the Wake of Disaster.” The Comparatist, vol. 41, Oct 2017, pp. 60-77. Project MUSE, https://doi.org/10.1353/com.2017.0004

 “Liquid Union: Listening through Tears and the Creation of Community in Corinne.” Staël’s Philosophy of the Passions: Sensibility, Society, and the Sister Arts, edited by Tili Boon Cuillé and Karyna Szmurlo, Bucknell UP, 2013, pp. 131-49.

“A Sensual Education: Embodied Experience in the Female Bildungsroman.” George Sand Studies, vol. 31, 2012, pp. 125-42.