Dr. Denis M. Provencher is Professor and Head in the Department of French and Italian and affiliate faculty in the Institute for LGBT Studies, the Department of Linguistics, and the doctoral program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. He earned his interdisciplinary Ph.D. in French Civilization from The Pennsylvania State University in 1998. Before joining the University of Arizona in 2016, Dr. Provencher worked at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse (1998-2005) and the University of Maryland Baltimore County (2005-2016) where he directed the MA program in Intercultural Communication. His main interests include French civilization and cultural studies, language, gender and sexuality, migration and diaspora studies, conversation and discourse analysis, intercultural pragmatics and critical intercultural communication.
Dr. Provencher is the author of Queer French: Globalization, Language, and Sexual Citizenship in France (Ashgate, 2007) and Queer Maghrebi French: Language, Temporalities, Transfiliations, (Liverpool UP, 2017). Dr. Provencher is also editor-in-chief of the journal Contemporary French Civilization and co-editor of the new book series Studies in Modern and Contemporary France, which are both published by Liverpool. He also currently serves on the editorial boards of Modern & Contemporary France and The Journal of Language and Sexuality. Dr. Provencher has guest co-edited special issues of several journals including the Journal of Homosexuality and Québec Studies. Currently, he is editing a new volume on intersectional approaches to French and Francophone Studies. Dr. Provencher is also conducting fieldwork in Montréal, Canada for a new monograph on Queer Québec as well as new projects related to queerness along the Vermont-Québec border. He is also pursuing a cross-cultural study of the discourses on mental health in the US and France, especially as they relate to the Oedipus complex, national education programs, and filiation.