Aurelia Roman


Assistant Professor, Emeritus Faculty


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A native of Romania, Assistant Professor Roman has a joint appointment in the School of Foreign Service and in the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics. She has studied in her homeland, in France, and in the United States and holds the Licence es Lettres in French language and literature from the Faculty of Philology of Bucharest University, a Master Degree from Georgetown University in French Language and Linguistics and a doctorate in French literature from George Washington University.

Before coming to Georgetown University, Professor Roman worked as a professor and translator at the United Nations in New York. At Georgetown, Dr. Roman has been teaching language and civilization courses and French literature of the seventeen century.In addition to these courses she has developed an upper division successful seminar, "L'Art français". In 1983, she shared the Stefan Freeman Award given by the Northeast Conference on Teaching of Foreign Languages for the best published article on pedagogy, which she co-authored with Professors Heidi Byrnes and Stefan Fink of the German Department.

Professor Roman has published articles in French, English, and Romanian in France, the United States, Canada, Romania and the United Kingdom. Her research and publications center on Eugene Ionesco, on French civilization, and on pedagogical issues. She was guest speaker of the year at Princeton University for the New Jersey Association of Teachers of French, and her "Hommage à Ionesco" and interview for his 80th birthday was named the best broadcast of the year by the Voice of America in 1989.In recognition for her achievements,Dr.Roman was decorated by the French governement, in 2006, with the Order of "Palmes Académiques".

Prof. Roman is an active member of two international scholarly forums: The Conseil International d'Etudes Francophones and the International Society for the Study of European Ideas. For both these organizations she organized and chaired panel sessions with the participation of several of her French Department colleagues from Georgetown University. She also presented papers dealing with Eugene Ionesco's works and the works of other French writers of Romanian origin.