Jodie Barker, Ph.D.

Teaching Associate Professor, French; French Section Head
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 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, and creative pedagogy. She teaches courses on French language, literature, writing, business, culture and translation. Currently, she is translating the poems of Léon-Gontran Damas.


  • Ph.D., French & certificate in women’s and gender studies, Rutgers University
  • 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), L’Université Lumière Lyon 2