Dr. Cecile Barnhart

Dr. Cecile Barnhart

Associate Professor of French, Coordinator of Academic Integrity

(318) 487-7224

About Dr. Cecile Barnhart

Cecile Barnhart specializes in French and francophone literature. Her research interests center on the effects of creolization on Louisiana literature in French, particularly the works of Dr. Alfred Mercier. Her recently defended dissertation explored this theme and was entitled “Alfred Mercier’s Identity and Legacy: The Product of Cultural, Linguistic, and Literary Creolization.”

Dr. Barnhart is a member of local and national French teacher associations including the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) and the Louisiana Foreign Language Teacher’s Association (LFLTA). At Louisiana College, she is the Coordinator of Academic Integrity and serves as cosponsor of the Zeta Gamma chapter of Alpha Mu Gamma, the foreign language honor society. She has served on various committees including Academic Integrity, Core Curriculum Revision, International Committee, and the Committee and Committees.


  • Attended two days of foreign language instruction training presented by the Center for Applied Linguistics at the Teacher Leader Summit in New Orleans, LA during June 2017, sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Education.
  • University of Maine,  “Exploration de la Péninsule acadienne,” June 2013 (Participant)
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Conference on Language and Literature, March 2011 Panel paper presentation: “L’Ambivalence nord-sud dans Hénoch Jédésias d’Alfred Mercier”
  • ACTFL National Conference (Boston, MA): “Empowering Language Educators through Collaboration,” November 2010 (participant)
  • Louisiana Foreign Language Teacher’s Association Annual Conference, February 2010 Round table presentation: “Imagine the Possibilities:  Finding, Downloading, and Using Video Clips for Language Learning”
  • CAVILAM seminar (Baton Rouge, LA), “TV5 Monde in the classroom,” September 2009 (Participant)
  • CREC (Hartford, CT), ACTFL OPI Familiarization Workshop, March 2009 (Participant)
  • Louisiana Foreign Language Teacher’s Association Annual Conference, February 2009 (Participant)
  • Oregon State University, NEH Summer Institute, “Berber North Africa: The Hidden Mediterranean Culture,” June and July 2007 (Participant)

Courses Taught

  • Introductory and intermediate French
  • Advanced Grammar and Composition
  • French culture and conversation
  • French literature
  • Francophone literature

Research Interests

  • Orality in the novels of Alfred Mercier
  • Creolization, the grotesque, and the carnivalesque in Louisiana and Southern literature


  • PhD, Francophone Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • MA, Francophone Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • BA, French Education, Louisiana College