Dr. Marianne Bessy is an Associate Professor of French and French Section Coordinator in the department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Furman University. She earned a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University and holds M.A. degrees from the University of Limerick (Ireland) and the Université Rennes 2 (France). Dr. Bessy has been a member of the Furman faculty since 2008.
At Furman, Dr. Bessy teaches French language, French and Francophone civilization and literatures, and first year seminars. Her research interests focus on the works of author Vassilis Alexakis, as well as on the literary and filmic depiction of migration and identity in the Francophone world.
To foster academic development, Dr. Bessy relies on hands-on projects. Her students have staged mock French presidential elections, created documentaries on the Greenville Haitian community, acted as interpreters for refugee relocation services, and presented at conferences. Dr. Bessy designs unique language and culture immersion opportunities on Furman’s study abroad program in Versailles, in the French House residential program, and through the programming of French-related extra-curricular events.
Dr. Bessy has published two books, authored numerous book chapters and articles, and was recently named “Honored French Citizen” of the month by the French Consulate in Atlanta.
Because Dr. Bessy is a committed and passionate teacher and advisor who puts great emphasis on student growth, students seek her mentoring for post-graduation plans or internship projects. They praise her for her interest in their individual trajectories, high expectations, enthusiasm, and organizational skills.