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Caitlin Dahl

  • Visiting Lecturer - French


  • Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, 2023
  • M.A. University of Pittsburgh, 2019
  • B.A. with concentrations in French and German, Montana State University, 2015

Research Interests & Fields of Study

Caitlin Dahl specializes in queer studies, gender and sexuality studies, and 17th-century studies with an interest in diverse texts from early-modern media to fictional memoirs, to short stories. She earned her PhD in French at the University of Pittsburgh with certificates in Cultural Studies and Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies (GSWS), having defended her dissertation entitled “Queer Galanterie: Accommodating Queer Histories and Bodies in Early Modern France” in April of 2023.

Dahl is currently working on an article on the articulation of queerness and trans* positionality in Catherine de Bernard’s nouvelle historique, Fédéric de Sicile. A second ongoing project of hers interrogates the intersections of galanterie, queerness, and race in early-modern France. Dahl’s other research interests include modes of femininity under the Ancien régime,  visual culture in early modern media, youth and gender fluidity in early modern French literature and thought, and the construction of Nation through literature. 

Teaching and Service

Dahl teaches French language courses from beginner to advanced-intermediate levels as well as content-based historical, cultural, and literary courses, including French 0012 (“French Kiss”) and French 0227 (“The French Atlantic”). She is an active member of the department’s Inclusive Practices Committee and presented at “Gender & Sexuality in the L2 Classroom” roundtable discussion (2019). She also organized and presented on the pedagogy roundtable “Decentralizing the Classroom: Teaching French as a Global Language” (2021).

Selected Publications

“Queer Community Strategies: Diversity and Honnêteté in Choisy’s Histoire de la Marquise-Marquis de Banneville,” forthcoming in Cahiers du dix-septième, vol. 20 (2023).