Born in Shanghai of French and Russian parents, professor emerita Gabrielle Verdier has lived in China, Madagascar, France, Spain, California and New York and has traveled throughout Europe, North Africa and Latin America. Her academic credentials include an MA from Harvard University and a PhD from Yale in French literature. Her scholarly and teaching interests range from early modern French fiction and drama, with a special focus on women writers, to contemporary food studies. After teaching at NYU for fifteen years, she joined the faculty of the Department of French, Italian, and Comparative Literature at UW-Milwaukee in 1993. In addition to coordinating the UWM MA program in Language, Literature, and Translation (2002-2012), she directed the Wisconsin French Connections Sesquicentennial project and founded and organized the Festival of Films in French at UWM for fifteen years. Since retiring in 2012, Gabrielle divides her time between Milwaukee and Paris.