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Louisa Mackenzie (she/they /elle/iel)

Associate Professor of French

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(206) 616-5354
PDL C-260
Office Hours: 
MW 12-1


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2002

Louisa Mackenzie grew up in Scotland and did her graduate work in Berkeley, California before moving to the UW in 2002. Her research focus is primarily on early modern French culture which she reads through various contemporary critical lenses including ecocriticism and, more recently,  Animal Studies. Her book The Poetry of Place: Lyric, Landscape and Ideology in Renaissance France (University of Toronto Press, 2010) is an interdisciplinary study of how a subjective and affective sense of place was produced by poetry in dialogue with cartography, land use history and other knowledge spheres. She teaches a broad variety of classes on many periods and themes. She has published two recent articles on animals and the limits of humanist knowledge in 16th-century France, but current interests are more contemporary in nature. She is hoping to start research on the comparative French and US histories of the Planet of the Apes archive, from an "intersectional animal studies" point of view. Community activities include volunteering with the GSBA scholarship fund, providing academic scholarships to LGBT-identified students. She has also served as a College Board Commissioner for AP French.


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