The Catholic University of America

Joan Tasker Grimbert, Ph.D.

Ordinary Professor (French)
Chari, Dept. of Modern Languages & Literatures

I was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in New York State and New Jersey.  I lived for 6 years in Paris, where I studied and worked, and I have dual French/U.S. citizenship.  My B.A. in French is from Middlebury College, and I earned a Ph.D. in Romance Philology at the University of Chicago. 

My special field is French medieval romance, and I have published several books and numerous articles in the field, mainly on the legend of Tristan and Iseult and on the works of Chrétien de Troyes.  I am currently working on a study and translation of the 15th-century Burgundian romance, Cligés, based on Chrétien’s 12th-century version.  I have also published a book on medieval lyric and several essays on Arthurian film.

In the course of my studies and my research, I have received support and encouragement from many professors and colleagues in my field.  My mentors were all men, but I have collaborated with colleagues of both sexes in a number of my research projects and publications.

I’ve forgotten what “leisure time” is, but I do enjoy cooking, reading, and learning new languages.