Associate Professor, Graduate Adviser (on leave 2015/16)
Director, Institut d'études françaises d'Avignon
Ph.D. Université de Grenoble
Office: Thomas Hall 147
Rudy Le Menthéour has studied the polemics of Rousseau and the main philosophers of the French Enlightenment. His work also focuses on the rise of hygiene and medical anthropology in the Eighteenth Century. He is the author of La Manufacture de maladies: la dissidence hygiénique de Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Paris: 2012) and the editor of an anthology on Seventeenth Century French Literature (2003). He is a former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and has taught both in France and in the United States.
FREN/HIST 275 Improving Mankind
An in-depth study of 'enlightened hygiene' and proto-eugenics in early modern France.
FREN 204 Le Siècle des Lumières
An introduction to French Enlightenment, with texts by Montesquieu, Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot, among others