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Maryann Tebben Faculty Bio

Professor Maryann Tebben in her office.

Professor of French

Head of the Center for Food Studies


Liebowitz Center for International Studies

Academic Program Affiliation(s)

Languages and Literature, French and Francophone Studies

Areas of Specialization

  • Renaissance and 17th-century French literature and culture
  • French and Italian food history
  • Women writers


Research Interest: French food history and identity, French women writers and salon culture, conversation, theater

Teaching Interest: Early modern French literature, modern French theater, food, and culture, women writers


Ph.D. in French, University of Southern California 
B.A. (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in French and Government, University of Notre Dame

Dr. Tebben previously taught at Syracuse University and SUNY-Oswego. Her primary specialty is early modern French and Italian literature and she has published articles on Molière, Du Bellay, and courtesy books in the Renaissance. She has also explored the relationship of food culture to national identity in France and has published pieces on iconic French dishes, sauces, and the history of dessert. Dr. Tebben regularly presents papers on food culture at national and international conferences, including the IEHCA International Conference in Tours, France (2016), the Umbra Institute Food Conference (2012), and the Colloquium Pomme de Terre at the Université de Tours (2008). She has been teaching at Simon’s Rock since 2000.




  • Emily Fisher Faculty Fellow 2011-2013
  • Chair, ThinkFOOD conference at Simon's Rock, annual event, 2014-present