Jolene Vos-Camy

Professor Jolene Vos-Camy


  • Diplôme Annuel - Université de la Sorbonne - Paris, France 1990 (Cours de Civilisation Française)
  • BA Calvin College 1991 (French, with honors)
  • PhD Indiana University 2000 (French Literature)

Professional experience

  • Associate Professor of French, Calvin College (2004-2009)
  • Assistant Professor of French, Calvin College (1999-2004)
  • Instructor of French, Calvin College (1997-1999)
  • Associate Instructor of French, Indiana University (1992-1994; 1995-1997)
  • English Assistant (TAPIF), Lycée Polyvalent International Victor Hugo - Colomiers, France (1994-1995)


I was born in Toronto, Canada and grew up in southern Kentucky. I spent a year in Pau, France, as a high school exchange student. After finishing a BA in French with honors at Calvin University, I earned a Masters and PhD in French Literature at Indiana University in Bloomington. I became president of the Alliance Française de Grand Rapids in 2020, and in 2021, I was named chevalière dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques by the French Republic. When I have time, I love to rock-climb in Kentucky and climb mountains in the Pyrénées and the Alps. I summited Mont Blanc in 2013.

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Academic interests

I teach a full range of French courses, from beginner language courses to advanced culture and literature courses in the French and francophone world. In 2001 I directed the first semester-length Study in France program. In 2016 and 2018, I took students to Haiti for the January Interim, and in 2022 I organized the first May in Germany program. In 2023 I led the first May in France program.

Research and scholarship

My area of research is French 17th century literature. I have published articles on Paul Scarron, Catherine Bernard, Antoinette de Salvan de Saliès, and Molière.



  • Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, les Turcs, et la galère.”  Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature, L, 98 (2023). 39-58.
  • “‘Il s’est fait un grand baptême à Marseille’: Le sort de cinquante Africains rapporté par le Mercure galant.” Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature, XLVIII, 95 (2021). 365-379.
  • “Plaire au public féminin: Les bienséances dans le Roman comique de Scarron.L’honnêteté au Grand Siècle: belles manières et belles lettres. Marcella Leopizzi, éd. Narr Francke Attempto Verlag (Collection Biblio 17): Tübingen, 2020. 229-241.
  • “Les Réflexions chrétiennes d’Antoinette de Salvan de Saliès, ou ‘Faire la diaconesse.’” Creation, Re-creation, and Entertainment: Early Modernity and Postmodernity. Ed. Benjamin Balak and Charlotte Trinquet du Lys. Narr Francke Attempto Verlag (Collection Biblio 17): Tübingen, 2019. 133-145.
  • “Les aventures de Marie Anne-Françoise von Hohenzollern, Comtesse d’Isembourg.” Women in French Studies, Special Issue 7 (2018): 64-84. Catherine Montfort and Christine McCall Probes.

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