Lesley completed her Ph.D in Comparative Literature in 1996. She spent a year as an Ahmanson-Getty Fellow at UCLA and then went to Indiana University, South Bend in the fall of 1997. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Foreign Language department, teaching all levels of French language, literature, and culture. She has taught courses on the French Revolution, focusing on the history and literature of the period and its later representations in film, and a team-taught course, which included a study-trip to London and Paris. She also has a continuing interest in cinema and African literature, and has developed new courses at Indiana in these areas.
Lesley's research interests are in 18th century French studies, especially women's art and literature. Her book A Mother's Love: Crafting Feminine Virtue in Enlightenment France was published in 2008.
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