Cynthia Running-Johnson

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Cynthia Running-Johnson
Professor of French and Professor of Gender and Women Studies
Office: 
(269) 387-3021
Fax: 
(269) 387-6333
Location: 
819 Sprau Tower, Mail Stop 5338
Mailing address: 
Department of World Languages and Literatures
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5338 USA
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Sabbatical 2018-19

Education: 
  • Ph.D., French Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1985
  • M.A., French Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1976
  • B.A., French, Art, and Education, Luther College, 1975
Teaching interests: 
  • French culture, especially 19th through 21st centuries
  • French language
  • French literature, especially 19th through 21st centuries
  • Gender studies
Research interests: 
  • French theater
  • Gender studies
  • Modern and contemporary French literature and culture
Bio: 

 

Dr. Cynthia Running-Johnson is a professor and advisor of French in the Department of World Languages and Literatures, with a joint appointment as professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at Western Michigan University.

A specialist in modern and contemporary French literature and theater, Dr. Running-Johnson has taught a wide range of courses at WMU since her arrival in 1986. They include French cinema and theatre as well as French language, literature and culture. She has regularly led WMU study abroad programs to France since 1989, founding the summer program in Lyon and serving on the committee that established WMU's semester-long program in Besançon. From 2003-12, she was chair of the department.

In her research, Dr. Running-Johnson has focused on questions of culture, language and gender in literature, performance and the visual arts. She has written articles and contributed to books on French theater and literature. In recent years, she has been studying the creation of individual theater productions on site in France. She is currently writing about the role of the spectator in theatrical communication and about the highly-developed system of government support for theater in France.