Karen Turman

Karen Turman

Preceptor in Romance Languages and Literatures (French)
Karen Turman


Dr. Karen Turman is a Preceptor of French at Harvard University.  She earned her M.A. (2008) and Ph.D. (2013) in French Literature with an emphasis in Applied Linguistics and the Certificate of College and University Teaching at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests include 19th-century Bohemian Paris, the Jazz Age in Paris, fashion studies, and popular culture studies. In Second Language Acquisition, Dr. Turman’s research and practice include community engagement scholarship in addition to topics of social justice and sustainability in the language curriculum. Her most recent publications include a chapter entitled “Prettyman in the Mirror: Dandyism in Prince's Minneapolis,” featured in Prince and Popular Music: Critical Perspectives on an Interdisciplinary Life (Bloomsbury, 2020). She is the course head for French 20: Francophone Culture in Local Communities; French 50: Écrivons droit(s)/ Writing Right(s)—Justice, Equity, Rights, and Writing; and French 62: Exploring French Culture Through Industry—Fashion, Cuisine, and Cabarets.

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