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Elizabeth Emery

Professor, World Languages and Cultures

BA, Wellesley College
MA, New York University
MPhi, New York University
PhD, New York University
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Professor Emery co-directs the University New Faculty Program and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to French language, literature, business, and culture, with particular emphasis on the medieval period and the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A contributing professor to the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Programs she serves on the Board of the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies and teaches regularly in the Honors Program. "Chercheuse invitée" at the National Institute for Art History (INHA) in Paris in summer 2021, she contributed to an international digital humanities project entitled "Collectionneurs, collecteurs et marchands d'art asiatique en France 1700-1939," which explored the links between Japan, China, France, and the US in the late nineteenth century:

Professor Emery also serves as Graduate Program Coordinator. Please reach out to discuss our graduate and teacher education programs in French.

Recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities "Award for Faculty" (2024-2025)


Emery is the author of numerous books, mostly recently Reframing Japonisme: Women and the Asian Art Market in Nineteenth-Century France, 1853-1914 (Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020). Her research interests have expanded over the years, moving from an initial focus on the reception of medieval art, architecture, and literature in nineteenth and twentieth-century Europe and America toward early photojournalism, celebrity interviews, and European and American writer house museums. While continuing to lecture and publish in these areas, she is currently involved in a number of projects related to the collection and study of Asian art in nineteenth-century France and America and to sustainability studies.

For a list of recent publications please visit MSU's Digital Commons repository:

I will be in and out of the office on an irregular schedule over Summer 2024. Please contact me for an appointment: emerye @