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Isabelle de Courtivron has a Ph.D. from Brown University. She taught at MIT from 1979 until 2010. She was the Head of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at MIT for 10 years.

Isabelle de Courtivron has a Ph.D. from Brown University. She taught at MIT from 1979 until 2010. She was the Head of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at MIT for 10 years. She was a Ann F. Friedlaender Professor of Humanities.

At Brown, Wellesley, Harvard and MIT, she taught French Studies (literature, culture, film), Comparative Literature, Women’s Studies, Life Writing, and Bilingual Studies. In 2000, she created the Center for Bilingual/Bicultural Studies. She is the author of numerous articles and several books that focus on women writers, including Violette Leduc and Clara Malraux. She has co-edited two books on French feminist theory, and two issues of SITES:The Journal of Contemporary French and Francophone Studies. She has also edited a collection of essays entitled: Lives in Translation: Bilingual Writers on Identity and Creativity. Her latest article, “The Incomplete Return,” appeared in Life Writing: Special Issue on Writing Lives in National and Global Framework. (2007)

After leaving MIT, Isabelle de Courtivron retired in Paris.  She taught interdisciplinary humanities classes at Sciences Po for 6 years ( 2011 to 2017) on its European-American campus.  She published a book of memoirs entitled Mémoires d’une fille indocile.  During the year 2016-2017, she worked as part of the managerial team for the presidential campaign of Emmanuel Macron.