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Ellen McClure

Director, Institute for the Humanities

Professor, Departments of French and Francophone Studies & History, UIC


Office Phone:

(312) 996-6352


Ellen McClure is Professor of French and History at UIC. Her work centers on the intersection of religion, history, and literature in early modern France, and she is the author of Sunspots and the Sun King: Sovereignty and Mediation in Seventeenth-Century France (University of Illinois Press, 2006) and The Logic of Idolatry in Seventeenth-Century French Literature (Boydell & Brewer, 2020). She is also the co-editor, with Hélène Bilis, of Teaching French Neoclassical Tragedy (MLA Publications, 2021). With Feisal Mohamed and Marcus Keller, she is the co-editor of the book series Rethinking the Early Modern at Northwestern University Press. From 2018-2021, she served as the founding director of the Mellon-funded Engaged Humanities Initiative, which supports undergraduate coursework and research that connects humanities work with the larger community, in Chicago and beyond.