Laura Burch

Laura Burch

Associate Professor - French and Francophone Studies [Department Chair]

Office: Kauke 204
Phone: 330-263-2066


  • B.A., French, Saint Louis University, 1998
  • M.A., French Studies, University of Minnesota, 2001
  • Ph.D., French Studies, University of Minnesota, 2007

Courses Taught

  • Studies in the Seventeenth Century
  • Advanced French
  • Intermediate French
  • Beginning French

Other Experience and Awards

  • Edouard Morot-Sir Fellowship in Literature, Institut Français d’Amérique, 2010
  • Faculty Development Grant, Dominican University, 2010
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2005-2006
  • Chateaubriand Fellowship, French Government, 2004-2005


  • “A Modest Proposal: Reframing the Frontispieces of Madeleine de Scudéry’s Conversations (1680-1692),” Forthcoming in Seventeenth-Century French Studies 34:1 (June 2012): 52-67. 
  • “The Early Modern Woman's Preface: From Structures to Subjectivities,”  Structures and Subjectivitites: Attending to Early Modern Women, (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2007): 302-03. With Julie Eckerley and Marcela Kostihová.
  • “Ceci n’est pas mon corps: Écriture, lecture et culture de l’imprimé dans La Religieuse de Diderot,” French Forum 31:3 (Fall 2006): 1-22.
  • “La Nouvelle république des lettres: L’Amitié et la femme philosophe dans les Lettres d’une Péruvienne de Françoise de Graffigny,” Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century 12 (2004): 319-27.


Laura J. Burch (B.A. Saint Louis University; M.A. and Ph.D. University of Minnesota) taught courses in French language conversation, composition, culture, literature film for four years at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois before coming to Wooster in the fall of 2012. At Wooster, she will continue to teach language and culture courses, as well as topics courses in Early Modern prose and theater. Her research interests include mixed-gender friendship in the Early Modern period, French and francophone women's writing, French feminisms, book history, and material cultural history. The recipient of a Bourse Chateaubriand (French government) and the Edouard Morot-Sir Fellowship (Institut Français d'Amérique, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill), Prof. Burch has published scholarly articles on works by Denis Diderot, Françoise de Graffigny and Madeleine de Scudéry. She also co-led a service learning course in Haiti in the spring of 2012, and has a keen interest in Haitian history, art and cuisine. In her free time, Prof. Burch enjoys hiking, biking, reading, and just hanging out with her husband and two small children.