Andrew Wallis

Professor of French
Associate Dean of Academic Planning
Director, Office of International Programs

Academic History

M.A., Middlebury College
B.A., Ph.D., University of Georgia, Athens

  • French
  • Literature
  • Global & Cultural Studies
  • Environment & Eco-criticism
  • Pedagogy
  • Technology
  • Economics
  • Environment

Since fall semester of 1999, Professor Andrew Wallis has made his presence felt here at Whittier College with his love for technology, literature, and French culture. After graduating from the University of Georgia in 1990, Wallis received a Master of Arts degree from Middlebury College, followed by a Ph.D. in French from the University of Georgia in 1996. He was a visiting Professor of French at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the director of the UW-Madison/UW-Milwaukee Paris Program before his arrival at Whittier College.

Wallis has been the recipient of many awards and grants over the years, including a $7,500 Irvine grant for curricular development in Modern Languages which was awarded to him in 2007 and a $4250 “Jump-Start” grant that was used to initiate campus-wide discussion of the city within the Whittier College curriculum. In the past, Wallis has attended conferences for both PAMLA in San Francisco and NITLE, where he was a speaker regarding “opportunities to harmonize placement and assessment practices in the most economical and time-saving manner” for language placement testing. Wallis also served as chair of Modern Languages from 2006 to 2010.

Wallis served as chair of Whittier College Faculty (2010-2012) and served as a technology grant consultant for the $150K Teagle Grant to enhance college data systems and data availability. Some of Wallis’ courses include “Beginning French” and “Le Flaneur.” 


  • Traits-d’union: l’anti-roman et ses espaces. Biblio 17-Gunter Narr: Tubingen, 2011.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “White Waters, Hungry Waters: Électricité de France, Jean Giono and the Durance River.” In Energy and Literature. Essays on Energy and its Social and Environmental Implications in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literary Texts. P. Farca, ed. Oxford, UK: Trueheart Press, 2015. [Forthcoming]     
  • “Towards a Global Eco-Consciousness in Ruth Ozeki’s My Year of Meats.” ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment).20.4 (Fall 2013).
  • “Frisquemore: A Northern Passage to Literary Creation.” Cahiers du dix-septième. X.1 (2005).
  • "Cyrano and Sorel: Method and Madness in the Collège." For refereed acts of 26th Annual Conference Society for Seventeenth-Century French Studies. Seventeenth-Century French Studies. XXVI (2004), 63-79.
  • "Ambiguous Figures: Interpreting Zaide's frontispiece." Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature, XXXI.59 (2003).
  • "Pierre Bourdieu and the Sociology of Religion: A Central and Peripheral Concern." By Erwan Dianteill. Theory and Society. vol. 32.5-6 (2003), 529-49. Translation.

Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

  • November, 2008. "Getting a Sense of Place: Mapping and GIS Resources in the Classroom." Presentation and workshop at conference on "Internationalizing the Curriculum: the Role of Technology", sponsored by for the National Institute of Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE). Whittier, CA.
  • May, 2007: "Rebellion or Riot: Reinterpreting Recent Youth Violence in France." Global Studies Association Conference: The Contested Terrains of Globalization. UC Irvine,CA. Chair: Mousumi Mukherjee.