Dr. Hélène Diaz Brown

Professor of French
PhD, French, University of Wisconsin, Madison
MA, Foreign Language and Literature, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
MA, Russian, Université de Bordeaux, France

Dr. Hélène Diaz Brown came to Principia in 1994 after completing her graduate degrees and teaching in France and Wisconsin. Early in her teaching career, she began applying multimedia methods (feature films, video, and songs) in her classes to teach French language, culture, and literature. Her teaching responsibilities include all levels of French language, culture and literature, as well as introductory courses in Russian language. Her doctoral dissertation, focusing on supernatural fiction in modern French literature, was published as a book titled L'Effet fantastique in 1996, in the collection of Stanford French and Italian Studies for Stanford University. For over a year, Hélène Diaz Brown was co-producer and co-anchor for the French shortwave radio program "Le Héraut de la Science Chrétienne."

Her current research interests focus on modern French literature, Francophone literature from Africa, French contemporary society, and women’s studies. Her publications and professional papers include topics on French culture, supernatural fiction, French colonialism, Albert Camus, and Assia Djebar. Dr. Brown is an Oral Proficiency Interviewer for Language Testing International, certified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. She has directed several Abroad Programs to France in 1998, 2001, 2006, and 2009, with upcoming programs in 2012 to France and 2014 to Russia. In 2011, Hélène Diaz Brown was made Roy W. Johnson Distinguished Professor of French.

Dr. Brown is a member of:

  • Midwest Modern Language Association
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages