Faculty & Staff

Laurie Ramsey

Associate Professor of French and French Studies
B.A., The College of William and Mary; M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University


Laurie Ramsey attended the College of William and Mary, where she majored in French and minored in Music, participating in many musical events. She was Concertmaster of the College-Community Orchestra. She spent her junior year abroad in Montpellier, France and lived in the French House at the College for two years. Professor Ramsey then went to Indiana University, having been offered a position as Associate Instructor as she pursued her M.A. and Ph.D. in French Linguistics. Her dissertation, "The Acquisition of French Intonation by American Learners," combined her interests in second language acquisition and prosody, the music of language. She was on the IU faculty for two years before moving to Sewanee in 1992 to join the Department of French and French Studies. She teaches language courses at all levels, conversation, composition, an introduction to French Linguistics, and an advanced course that examines the sounds of world French, including its music. Apart from her teaching, Professor Ramsey enjoys playing violin in the Sewanee Symphony Orchestra and the Trio ma non troppo, walking, traveling, and participating in interdisciplinary activities on campus. Her current research centers on the multicultural region of Alsace, where she spends her summers.

See some of the work her students have posted at her students' French Blog.

French 313 Syllabus for Spring, 2013: (FREN 313)

French 300 Syllabus for Spring, 2013: (FREN 300)