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Elizabeth Emery

Professor, World Languages and Cultures

Conrad J. Schmitt Hall 241J
BA, Wellesley College
MA, New York University
MPhi, New York University
PhD, New York University
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Professor Emery 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 Honors and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Programs she serves on the Board of the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies and as web master for the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association. "Chercheuse invitée" at the National Institute for Art History (INHA) in Paris in summer 2021, she continues to contribute to a project entitled "Collectionneurs, collecteurs et marchands d'art asiatique en France 1700-1939."


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 on sabbatical leave in spring 2023. Please contact Dr. Mengara for questions about Graduate Programs in French (mengarad @ and Dr. Laura Lakusta for questions related to the New Faculty Program (lakustal @