Douglas Huntly Gordon Distinguished Professor of French
University of Virginia
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 latest book, Same-Sex Marriage in Renaissance Rome: (Hi)stories of Sexuality, Identity, and Community, will be published by Cornell University Press in 2016. Before moving to UVA, Professor Ferguson held the Elias Ahuja Professorship of French at the University of Delaware, where he was Interim Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in 2013-2014. He has also 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), the University of Pennsylvania (2013), and the University of Virginia (2014-2015) as well as a Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin's 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 Councils of the Renaissance Society of America and the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. He sits on a number of editorial boards 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.