Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

Nancy Erickson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of French
Nancy Erickson, Ph.D.


3D Luther Bonney, Portland, ME

Office Hours

By appointment

Contact Information

Phone: 207 780 4327

Nancy Erickson is an Associate Professor of French at the University of Southern Maine. She regularly teaches courses on French civilization (Prehistory to French Revolution, French Revolution to the present, Francophone civilization, French cinema), literature (Paris, Le Midi de la France, America in French literature, Prize-winning writers) and, language (all levels, translation, phonetics, stylistics) for USM and in the MAT in French program shared by the University of Maine System and Bates College, Bowdoin College and Colby College.  

She received her M.A. from the University of Minnesota and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. The recipient of a French Government Scholarship, four National Endowment for the Humanities Grants, and a Fulbright Exchange Teacher Grant, Professor Erickson's main areas of interest are Renaissance Literature (esp. Marguerite de Navarre and Clément Marot), Amélie Nothomb's novels, French civilization, the relationship between literature and maps of the Renaissance, and foreign language pedagogy. She co-edited 8 plays of Marguerite de Navarre with Catherine Masson (Wellesley College) for the book Théâtres de femmes de l'ancien régime. XVIe (Dir. Aurore Evain, Perry Gethner & Henriette Goldwyn, Saint-Etienne: Publications de l'Université, collection “La Cité des dames” n. 5, 2006, 568 p). With Tom Conley (Harvard University), she wrote “Maps and Literature in the French Renaissance,” History of Cartography, Vol. 3 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008. In 2010, she presented a paper entitled “All Children Left Behind: Reading & Learning Online” at the Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education organized by the American Association of University Professors in Washington, D.C.  

For the past three years, she has been a reader for the French Advanced Placement exam.