Jodie Barker, Ph.D.

Teaching Assistant Professor, French
Jodie Barker


Jodie Barker received a B.A. in French and women's studies from Wayne State University and a M.A. in romance languages and literatures from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She began her doctoral work at L'Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon, France and completed it in 2012 in the department of French at Rutgers University. Her dissertation, entitled Vers/Mouvements: Ethics of Difference in French-Language Poetry and Theatre from 1970-1982, engages philosophy with movement in poetry and theatre in French speaking worlds.

Jodie is interested in translation, art and the avant-garde, movement and corporality, l'extrême contemporain, continental philosophy, particularly cosmopolitanism, ethics and hospitality, and active and creative pedagogy. She teaches courses on French language, translation and culture. Currently, she is translating the poems of Léon-Gontran Damas.


  • Ph.D., Rutgers University, 2012
  • M.A., Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • B.A., French and Women’s Studies, Wayne State University
  • Certificate in French-language Pedagogy (FLE), Université Lumière Lyon 2