Mary Beth Allen
Visiting Assistant Professor of French Studies
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Ph.D., University of Virginia
Mary Beth Allen teaches French language, literature, history and culture. Her research centers on Mediterranean studies in the 17th and 18th centuries, especially diplomacy and cross-cultural encounters. In her dissertation, “Imperial Diplomacy in the Early Modern Mediterranean: Mouley Ismaël’s Marriage Proposal for a Daughter of Louis XIV,” she explores the history of a 1699 marriage proposal from a Moroccan king for a French princess.
Allen was born and raised in Oklahoma, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in international and area studies, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in French. She earned her doctorate at the University of Virginia, during which time she spent two years studying in Paris at the École normale supérieure and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales. She has also studied in Clermont-Ferrand, and taught English for two years in Austria. She has served as assistant administrator for study abroad programs in Morocco and Paris at the University of Virginia. Allen has a forthcoming co-authored article with Nizar Hermes in New Literary History titled “A Tale of Two Sultans: Mulāy Ismāʿīl in French and Moroccan Sources: Texts and Contexts.”