Assistant Professor of French
Dr. Jessica Garcés Jensen is Assistant Professor of French at the University of Southern Indiana. She received her B.A. in French Studies from Brown University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her doctoral dissertation explored French fiction centrally concerned with the autodiegetic narrator’s perception of that body during pregnancy, pregnancy loss, sterility, and menopause as well as when confronted with human reproductive cloning. By revealing how contemporary French authors make use of this previously underexplored literary space, her work uncovers the diverse fictional manifestations of this body that engage with the twentieth century’s dramatic changes in birthing culture and the social, legal, and medical management of the female body, while revealing French women, modern medicine, and society’s conflicting perceptions of it. Dr. Jensen is currently revising her dissertation for a book. Her other research interests include 20th & 21st- century French and Francophone fiction, women writers of French and Francophone literature, French cinema, and the history of medicine in France.
Before coming to USI, she served as Language Coordinator and lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.
This year, Dr. Jensen is teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced French courses, including a course on French women writers.