Joanna Stalnaker

Associate Professor and Associate Department Chair of French and Romance Philology Columbia University

Joanna Stalnaker is the Associate Department Chair of French and Romance Philology at Columbia University, where she is an Associate Professor French. She received a BA from Swarthmore College, and her PhD from New York University. She is the Director of the MA programs in History and Literature and in Global French Studies. Professor Stalnaker works primarily on Enlightenment literature, philosophy, and science with an interdisciplinary focus on intellectual history and literary form, and her other interests include sexuality and knowledge; theater and revolution; and the place of women writers in literary history. Her first book, The Unfinished Enlightenment: Description in the Age of the Encyclopedia (Cornell University Press, 2010), was awarded the Kenshur Prize from the Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Indiana University. She has published articles in Representations, Diderot Studies, and Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture. Her current project, Enlightenment Endings: Testaments for a Philosophical Age, looks at the last works of the philosophes to ascertain both their intimate view of aging and death and their historical view of the end of their era. She is also co-editing, with Nicholas Cronk, a special volume of the Romanic Review on authorship in eighteenth-century France.