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Peter Shoemaker

Director of the University Honors Program

Vice Provost and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Arts and Sciences

Associate Professor of French


107 McMahon Hall
(202) 319-5114







Peter Shoemaker received his PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from Princeton University in 1997, where he was a Jacob Javitts Fellow and the recipient of a French Government Fellowship (Bourse Chateaubriand) which allowed him to study at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris in 1994-5.


Before coming to CUA in 2000, he taught at Princeton University and Macalester College. At CUA, he has taught numerous courses French language, literature, and culture at the graduate and undergraduate level and in the Honors Program. Courses that he developed/redesigned include: "French 317: Versailles, the Architecture of Power," "French 645: Epistolarity," and "French 301: Reading, Writing, and Talking about Literature in French." In addition to his teaching and advising, Dr. Shoemaker has led six groups of honors students to Paris over Spring Break.

Research and Publications

He has published primarily in the field of seventeenth-century French literature.His book Powerful Connections: The Poetics of Patronage in the Age of Louis XIII was released by the University of Delaware Press in 2007. He also has articles appearing or forthcoming in Papers in French Seventeenth-Century French Literature, Romanic Review, French Forum, The French Review, Oeuvres et critiques, Cahiers du dix-septième, Nottingham French Studies, and Seventeenth-Century French Studies. Areas of special interest include: rhetoric and literature, the social history of literature, the novel, and the Moralists. His most recent publications are Les Costeaux, ou les marquis frians, an edition of a seventeenth-century gastronomical comedy by Jean Donneau de Visé (Cambridge, UK: MHRA, 2013) and “From My Lips to Yours: Friendship, Confidentiality, and Gender in Early Modern France” in Men and Women Making Friends in Early Modern France, ed. Lewis Seifert and Rebecca Wilkin (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015)