Faculty and Staff

S. Hurlburt
Sarah Hurlburt
Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Olin Hall 325
(509) 527-5202

Professor Hurlburt studies 19th-century French literature and classic French cinema, with a particular emphasis on the question of national and cultural identities as expressed through artistic censorship, promotion and reception. She has published articles on Madame Bovary by Flaubert, Magasin général by Loisel & Tripp, the theater of Nathalie Sarraute, the reception of Michel de Montaigne in the 19th century, and the use of technology in language teaching. Professor Hurlburt graduated from Whitman College in 1991 and received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2003.

Photography of Assistant Professor Jack Iverson.Jack Iverson
Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Olin Hall 328
(509) 526-4750

Professor Iverson’s research focuses on Voltaire and on patterns of literary life in eighteenth-century France. He has published articles on Voltaire, Du Châtelet, and the origins of literary commemoration in France, as well as editions of Voltaire’s Philosophical Dictionary and Treatise on Tolerance for the Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading. Professor Iverson majored in French and German at Saint Olaf College in Minnesota before completing doctoral studies in French literature at the University of Chicago. He taught at the University of Missouri-Columbia for six years prior to arriving at Whitman College in 2004. In addition to his French duties, he is an active member of the Canadian Studies Group.

Photography of Assistant Professor Nicole Simek.Nicole Simek
Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Olin Hall 326
(509) 527-5054

Specializing in French Caribbean literature, Professor Simek is the author of Eating Well, Reading Well: Maryse Condé and the Ethics of Interpretation. She has published articles on Baudelaire’s figuration of the reader, female friendship in French literature, Caribbean women’s autobiography, parody in French Caribbean novels, and trauma theory, and has co-edited volumes devoted to literary cannibalism (Feasting on Words: Maryse Condé, Cannibalism, and the Caribbean Text, Princeton: PLAS, 2006) and representations of trauma in French and Francophone literature (Dalhousie French Studies, Winter 2007). She is currently working on the deployment of humor in the Antillean novel. Her wider research interests include the intersection of politics and literature in Caribbean fiction, trauma theory, and sociological approaches to literature. Professor Simek holds a B.A. and an M.A. in French from Case Western Reserve University, and received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2005.

J. WinchellJames Winchell
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures & General Studies
Olin Hall E111
(509) 522-4450

James Winchell teaches French and General Studies at Whitman College. He earned the D.E.A. (Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies) from the Université de Paris IV (Sorbonne) and the Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the UW. He has taught at Stanford University, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, and The Northwest Academy in Portland, Oregon. He is on the editorial board of Paradoxa: Studies in World Literary Genres, and has published articles on a wide range of subjects including Holocaust memorials in France, Jorge Luis Borges, Oscar Wilde, Gustave Flaubert and Kryzstof Kieslowski. He lives with his son and spouse in Walla Walla, Washington.

Photography of Assistant Professor Zahi Zalloua.Zahi Zalloua
Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Olin Hall 306
(509) 527-5254

Professor Zalloua has been teaching Medieval and Renaissance French literature at Whitman since 2003. His book Montaigne and the Ethics of Skepticism (Rookwood Press, 2005) focuses on ethics in the work of sixteenth-century essayist Michel de Montaigne. He has also edited an issue of L’Esprit Créateur (Spring 2006) entitled Montaigne and the Question of Ethics, and co-edited, with Nicole Simek, a special issue of Dalhousie French Studies on representations of trauma in French and Francophone literature (2007). Previous publications address questions of literary theory, interdisciplinary approaches to philosophy and literature, experimental fiction, and gender studies in a range of articles on early modern and modern authors, including Louise Labé, Agrippa D’Aubigné, Pierre de Ronsard, Denis Diderot, Stendhal, Jean-Paul Sartre, Alain Robbe-Grillet, and Marguerite Duras. He is currently writing a study on unruly fictions in modern French texts. Professor Zalloua holds an M.A. in Philosophy (1996) and an M.A. in French (1998) from San Diego State University. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2003. More information can be found in Professor Zalloua’s Curriculum Vitæ [pdf].

Language Assistant

Eleonore ChevreuxS. Jegousso
Olin Hall 316 (Language Learning Center)  

Solena recently finished her Bachelor’s degree in Information and Communication at the University of Nantes.  Prior to that, she had a “walkabout” in Australia for a year, working as a waitress, a salesperson, a farm hand, and a French teacher.  Solena is particularly passionate about theatre and contemporary art.