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Department of
Modern Languages & Cultures

Physical Address:
Administration Building 302
PHONE: (208) 885-6179
FAX: (208) 885-5221
E-MAIL: modlang@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Department of
Modern Languages & Cultures
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3174
Moscow, ID 83844-3174

Sarah Nelson

Sarah Nelson, Ph.D.

Office: Admin 308A
Phone: 208-885-7756
Email: snelson@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Modern Languages and Cultures - University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3174
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3174

Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
French Section Coordinator

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 1999

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • French Renaissance and Reformation literature
    • Early modern women writers
    • Gender in early modern literature
    • Literary translation
  • Biography
    Sarah Nelson discovered her love of languages and cultural exchange when, at the ages of six and eleven, she lived with her family in Norway and Austria. In addition to French, she has studied German, Norwegian, Mandarin, Latin, Italian, Spanish, and a little Wolof. She has spent a total of five years living, studying, and working in France, Belgium, and Switzerland; she looks forward to visiting and studying the Francophone world outside of Europe, and she began by traveling to Senegal in summer 2011.

    Before joining the University of Idaho faculty, Sarah held visiting positions at Bates College and Bowdoin College. Her research focus has broadened from the French Renaissance to the early modern period, but her interest in questions of gender has remained constant. At the University of Idaho, she has served as president of Phi Beta Kappa and has taken an active part in University initiatives on the core curriculum, institutional diversity, and undergraduate advising.
  • Selected Publications


    • The Memoirs of Hortense and Marie Mancini (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008).


    • "Making a Case: Mmes de Courcelles, Mazarin, and Villedieu in their own defense," Women in French Studies, forthcoming in 2011.
    • "The Poet's War on Mothers: Iconoclasm in Agrippa d'Aubigné's Les Tragiques," Cincinnati Romance Review 20 (2001).


    • Biography in Early Modern France, 1540-1630: Forms and Functions, by Katherine MacDonald, Biography 32.4 (2009).
    • Agrippa d'Aubigné, ou les misères du prophète, by Samuel Junod, Renaissance Quarterly 62.1 (2009).
    • La Justice de Dieu: Les Tragiques d'Agrippa d'Aubigné et la Réforme protestante en France au XVIe siècle, by Elliott Forsyth, Renaissance Quarterly 59.4 (2006).
  • Awards and Honors
    • Idaho State Foreign Language Teacher of the Year (IATLC), 2011-2012
    • Ping Fellowship for participation in CIEE International Faculty Development Seminar, Senegal, 2011
    • Mellon Summer Institute in French Paleography Fellowship, 2010
    • UI Award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary or Collaborative Efforts, 2010
    • UI CLASS Key Fund Grant, 2009
    • University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) Faculty Development Grant, 2008
    • UI Seed Grant, 2004
    • Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries Grant, 2004
    • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute Fellowship, 2003