Lorely French

Lorely French

Professor of German



UC Box: A142

Office: WorLL 201


PhD at Unicersity of California, Los Angeles, CA in 1986.

Master of Arts at University of California, Los Angeles, CA in 1981.

Bachelor of Arts at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1979.

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Areas of Research & Specialization

Currently I am responsible for teaching German language, literature, and culture from the 18th century to the present, women’s literature, epistolary writings and Roma writers of the German-speaking countries.

Other Interests or Hobbies

Jogging, skiing, biking, backpacking and hiking, gardening, knitting, traveling, cooking and canning, spending time with my husband, James; our son, Leif; and our dog, Tintin.

About Professor French

The minute I stepped foot on the campus of Pacific University for my job interview in 1986, I knew I was going to like this place. I really enjoy teaching here because the university is so intimate, the students are so eager to learn, my colleagues are so engaged and intelligent, and the small-town atmosphere is so friendly. When in Forest Grove, you can find me in the classroom; or in my office overstuffed with books, DVDs, CDs, videos, toys, and magazines; or at the German conversation table in the cafeteria; or at Maggie’s Buns meeting with students. When I’m not in Forest Grove, you can find me in a German-speaking country; or in Vermont, where I grew up and still have family; or at a conference in some part of the country or the world. I really consider myself lucky to belong to many worlds, large and small. I have been able to travel to a German-speaking country almost every year that I have worked at Pacific. Four times I have taken groups of students on classes to Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. In summers and while on sabbaticals I received grants to research for my first book on German women letter-writers and for my second book on Roma writers, on which I am working now.

For 2009-2010 I was awarded a research fellowship from the Berglund Center for Internet Studies for the project "LIVE--DANCE--PAINT--WRITE: A Multi-Media Project on Romany ("Gypsy") Artist, Writer, Singer, and Educator Ceija Stojka." The project is based on a traveling exhibit that I co-organized with Dr. Michaela Grobbel at Sonoma State University in 2009. Students Maria Walters, Jennifer Hernandez, and Jamaica King in the Berglund Center for Internet Studies helped me develop a website and Powerpoint presentation focussing on Ceija Stojka's work in the context of Romani Arts. For both of these projects, Bill Carrigan, faculty member in the art department, took professional photos of Ceija Stojka's artwork. I presented the Powerpoint with Dr. Michaela Grobbel at the German Studies Association conference in Washington, D.C. in October, 2009. The address for the website is: http://bcis.pacificu.edu/roma/. Work on writing the content of the website and updating the blog is on-going, but exciting. Dr. Michaela Grobbel and I are working on a comprehensive catalogue of the Ceija Stojka exhibit. I have also been an invited speaker at several international conferences and symposia. In my personal life, I have traveled just for fun to hike the Alps in Switzerland and Austria with my family. Along with my duties as professor, I also delight in promoting Pacific’s wonderful study abroad programs to over 50 sites around the world.

Language Assistant: Amelie Sing

Course Information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunites to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then. You can use the links to the left to read descriptions of the courses listed below.


GER 202 Intermediate German

GER 302 Contemporart Short Stories & Narration Independent Study

GER 395 Independent Study

GER 400 German Film

HUM 207 German Film in English