Dr. Lauren Ravalico

Assistant Professor of French

Address: JC Long 405
Phone: 843.953.4964
E-mail: ravalicold@cofc.edu

Dr. Lauren Ravalico has been an assistant professor at the College of Charleston since 2014. She is a specialist in 18th-19th-century French literature, art, and culture. Her research focuses on the history of the senses, affect theory, women in the arts, gender and sexuality studies, and the social history of dialogue and networking.

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 and excellence.

She enjoys teaching all levels of French language and culture and is particularly interested in high-impact and community-based approaches to learning. In spring 2018, she taught a course on 17th-century theater (another passion) in which her students staged their own abridged version of Molière’s Le Misanthrope at the College’s Chapel Theatre for an audience of more than 100 people.

Dr. Ravalico was the Director of “Global Foodways,” the 2018-2019 World Affairs Signature Series for the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs. As part of an exciting lineup of interdisciplinary courses and events, in spring 2019 she taught an advanced special topics course about French gastronomy: Culture of the French Table. She regularly teaches French 313: French Composition in Cultural Contexts, as well as French 335: Interpreting French Literature and Film.


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

"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, https://www.skirt.com/praying-for-surrender/

"Global Foodways." Skirt: Charleston's First Women's Magazine, Nov. 2018, pp. 10-11. https://www.skirt.com/global-foodways/

“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.