Laura Jensen

Lecturer in French Studies

Contact & Office Hours

Fall 2018
Tuesday, 9–11 a.m.
Wednesday, 3–4 p.m.
or by appointment.

Tyler Annex 105



Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A., Yale University

B.A., Washington University in St. Louis


Laura Jensen received her doctorate from Yale in 2017. Her research focuses on contemporary French and Francophone literature, with a particular interest in issues of race and gender. Her current book project, Writing Race and Universalism: Marie NDiaye and Bessora, examines representations of blackness in the works of two mixed-race authors, one French, the other Francophone. 

Jensen is also a specialist in second-language acquisition. She is committed to cultivating strong communicators and avid readers in French. In her classes, from the very beginning, students engage with French culture and French texts. She draws on research in multiple literacies to guide students towards meaningful exchange and both cultural and linguistic fluency. 

Outside the classroom, Jensen loves to cook, travel, ski and hang out with her very old, very tiny dog.