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Evelyn M. Christoph

Chair of the Department of Modern Languages
Percy C. Rogers Professor in Romance Languages
Appointed
1985
Evelyn Christoph

"The best way to learn about yourself is to examine your cultural assumptions through the lens of a foreign language. Reading great literature and discussing it with motivated students has to be the best job on the planet."

Education

A.B. Brown University

M.A. New York University

All But Dissertation New York University

Biography

Mme Christoph fell in love with French literature in college. After graduating, she spent time in France as an au pair, returning to the United States to work her way through graduate school as a teaching assistant and then as an instructor at New York University.

Mme Christoph joined Exeter’s faculty in 1985 and teaches every level of French, from introductory courses to AP and beyond. Besides her classes, she serves as head adviser of the school yearbook, the PEAN, and she was recently appointed to a five-year position as the Bates-Russell Distinguished Professor. Taking advantage of the wonderfully rich opportunities offered by Exeter, Mme Christoph has traveled to Canada, France, Guadeloupe, Morocco, Ghana and Israel during her years here. She enjoys taking photos of her adventures, especially as they relate to francophone culture and literature. An avid reader, she is always eager to try different texts with her classes. Experimenting with instructional technology is another passion.

Mme Christoph prefers outdoor activities. She has backpacked throughout Europe, and her family has twice taken monthlong camping trips across the United States. Her favorite sports are cycling and cross-country skiing. When not busy with school, Mme Christoph enjoys cooking for family and friends. She spends leisure time reading, usually with one of her lap-warmer cats, Hermes or Bes.