Assistant Professor of French
Catherine Blunk, Ph.D. became a member of the Drury faculty in 2009. She earned her master’s degree and doctorate in French from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She lived in Europe for several years, working and earning graduate degrees in France, Belgium, and Switzerland.
Dr. Blunk specializes in medieval French literature and wrote her dissertation on the poetics of the tournament in late medieval romance and chronicle. Her current research interests center on the relationship between text, image, and mise en page in late medieval manuscripts.
Dr. Blunk enjoys teaching all levels of French language, culture, and literature. She particularly values the time she spends outside the classroom with her students, especially over a meal. One of her hobbies is learning recipes from French-speaking countries. Her goal this year: to master the baguette!
B.A., Manhattanville College, 1989
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008
Drury University faculty member since 2009
Assistant Professor since 2009
Patrick Moser, Ph.D.
Professor of French
Patrick Moser received his BA in French and English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley (1989), and his Ph.D. in French Literature from the University of California at Davis (1997). He also holds an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Arizona (2007).
Dr. Moser writes on the French Renaissance, especially issues of cultural identity. His articles on Michel de Montaigne explore how the essayist breaks away from the influence of Greek and Roman writers and establishes his own identity as a particularly French writer. His articles have appeared in The French Review, The Sixteenth Century Journal, and Montaigne Studies.
He also writes on the history and culture of surfing, focusing on how the sport has been transformed by the various cultures it passes through, and how surfing itself transforms these cultures. His books include Pacific Passages: An Anthology of Surf Writing (University of Hawai’i Press, 2008) and Surfer’s Code: 12 Simple Lessons for Riding Through Life (Gibbs Smith, 2006), a collaboration with 1977 world surfing champion Shaun Tomson. His most recent project is a collection of essays on surf culture.
Dr. Moser teaches all levels of French language, literature, and culture and has lead five study abroad trips to Tours, France. He also teaches a course through the University Honors program on the history and culture of surfing. He was invited to teach this class at the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Summer, 2009.
B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1989
M.F.A., University of Arizona, 2007
Ph.D., University of California-Davis, 1997
Drury University faculty member since 1998
Professor since 2012