Our faculty members are collectively committed to working across disciplinary and national boundaries—and indeed to rethinking disciplinarity itself in innovative ways. 

As a department, we emphasize the global resonance of French and Italian Studies in addition to the impact of literature and film on cultural, political, social, and environmental contexts. 

The interests of our faculty range across contemporary literary theory and philosophy, Francophone cinema and culture, Italian and French modernity, Renaissance intellectual and cultural life, and early modern thought and narrative. 


We work in close collaboration with the Francophone Research and Resource Center, part of a national network of pluridisciplinary centers, which sustains physical and intellectual spaces for the critical exchange of ideas and facilitates the visit of Francophone and French writers, critics, scholars, artists, and filmmakers to USC.  Through support from the Center, and through faculty initiatives sponsored by programs including the College CommonsVisions and Voices, the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute and the Shoah Foundation Institute, we regularly reach out to students and colleagues throughout the university, and to the wider Southern Californian community as a whole.

French Faculty
Italian Faculty
Graduate Students
  • Department of French and Italian
  • Taper Hall 155 (THH 155)
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0359