Karen Simroth James

Lecturer and Director of the French Language Program
Department of French
Levering Hall

Karen Simroth James received a B.A. at University of Virginia, an M.A. at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Ph.D. at the University of Virginia.

She has served as Language Program Director and Lecturer in the Department of French at UVa since 2008.  She trains and supervises the graduate instructors in the Department of French and directs the language program (elementary and intermediate-level course sequence) in French.  Her professional interests include effective approaches and methods for second language teaching and learning, teacher training, instructional technology for language acquisition and humanities education, sixteenth-century French literature, and history of the book in early modern France. 

She directs The Renaissance in Print, a digital archive of 16th-century French books in the Douglas Gordon Collection at the University of Virginia Library that includes a network of reference materials for use by scholars, teachers, and students of the French Renaissance—a project funded by the Florence Gould Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanites. In 2011, she published two essays, co-authored with Mary McKinley, on using the digital resources of The Renaissance in Print for teaching the works of Rabelais and of the women writers of early modern France.

In 2010, she published Pernette du Guillet: Complete Poems (Toronto, Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies), a bilingual edition of Du Guillet’s Rymes (1545), with critical introduction and notes, in collaboration with Marta Finch (poetry translator).

Second Language Teaching, Teacher Training, Instructional Technology, Sixteenth-Century French Literature, and History of the book in early modern France.