Elias Ahuja Professor of French
University of Delaware
A specialist of the French Renaissance, Gary Ferguson has published widely on medieval and early modern French literature and culture, in particular in the areas of the history of religion, women’s writing, and gender and queer studies. His most recent book is Queer
(Re)Readings in the French Renaissance: Homosexuality, Gender, Culture (Ashgate, 2008). Professor Ferguson is a joint faculty member in the Department of Women and Gender Studies, where he served as Coordinator of the interdisciplinary minor in Sexualities and Gender Studies (2008-2010). He has been a visiting professor at the Université Paris 13–Paris Nord (2005), the Université Rennes 2–Haute Bretagne (2010), the Université Jean Monnet–Saint-Étienne (2012), and the University of Pennsylvania (2013), as well as a Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin, Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2010). A former representative to the Delegate Assembly of the Modern Language Association of America, Professor Ferguson is currently Vice-President of the Société française d’Étude du Seizième Siècle and a member of the Council of the Renaissance Society of America. He sits on a number of editorial boards, including those of the University of Delaware Press and the journal Seizième Siècle, and has been a member of PhD committees at the University of Kansas, the Université Jean Monnet–Saint-Étienne, the Université Lumière Lyon 2, and Cornell University. In 2013-2014, he was Interim Chair of the University of Delaware's Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures; in 2014-2015, he will hold the Gordon Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the University of Virginia.