Alison Rice is chair of the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures and professor of French and francophone studies at the University of Notre Dame. She specializes in 20th- and 21st-century Francophone literature, with much of her research and pedagogy focusing on the work of authors and filmmakers from Africa and the Caribbean.

Her current work focuses on creative written work that promotes international human rights. Titled “Francophone Peace Studies,” this research explores a unique corpus of texts created by authors who are also activists.

Rice previously was director of the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts at Notre Dame. She is a concurrent faculty member in Gender Studies. She also is a faculty fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at Notre Dame. She holds a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles.


*Appointment pending confirmation from Provost's office.

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