Flora Champy joined the Department of French and Italian as an Assistant Professor of French in September 2018. She holds a dual PhD in French Literature from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon and Rutgers University. An alumna of the ENS de Paris, she received a master’s degree in Classics from Paris IV Sorbonne University. She previously taught at the ENS de Lyon and Johns Hopkins University, and has participated in several ENS-based outreach programs.
Her dissertation, Reassessing Rousseau’s Representation of Antiquity (Exemples et modèles politiques : fonction critique de l’Antiquité chez Jean-Jacques Rousseau), aims to renew the understanding of Rousseau’s often misinterpreted interest for ancient political structures. On the basis of an unprecedented critical analysis of his sources, it analyzes Rousseau’s vision of Antiquity as a carefully constructed representation that seeks to answer key questions of early modern political thought. This study ultimately examines the relevance of ancient democratic models for modern times.
Flora Champy has published several articles on Rousseau. She has also developed a strong interest in theater and performance studies, both as a scholar and occasional performer.