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Dr. Gerard Lavatori

Dr. Gerard Lavatori is a professor of French, Interim Associate Dean of Curriculum, Scheduling, and Student Affairs, and Program Coordinator of the Liberal Arts major. He has previously served as Modern Languages Department Chair, Interim Chair of the English Department, General Education Committee Chair, and is an advisor to Alpha Lambda Delta honor society.

Dr. Lavatori earned a Bachelor’s Degree in French from Boston College, an M.Ed. in Reading from the University of La Verne, and a master’s and Ph.D. in French from Brown University. Prior to teaching at the University of La Verne, he taught Intermediate French and a graduate seminar on French Renaissance Prose at Washington State University, in Pullman, Washington, and French language at Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge.

Dr. Lavatori’s current research interests include postcolonial francophone literature, psychoanalytic approaches to literature, and Critical Disability Studies and world literature.

He is an amateur oboist and has performed with community groups throughout Southern California.

Educational Background

  • PhD: Brown University
  • M.Ed: University of La Verne
  • MA: Brown University
  • BA: Boston College


Selected Publications

  • “Melvin Mapple’s Scheherazade: Body Shaming and Redemption in the Fiction of Amélie Nothomb,” Selected Proceedings of the AATF Convention, 2018 & 2019.
  • “Merteuil: A Case of Animus Possession in Les liaisons dangereuses,” Selected Proceedings of the AATF Convention, 2015 & 2016.
  • “Alienation or Empowerment? Reading, writing, and orature in God’s Bits of Wood,Neohelicon, vol. 41, 2014, 175-184.
  • Gaster,” “Money,” and “Praise of Debt” entries in The Rabelais Encyclopedia, Greenwood Press, 2004.
  • Gargantua and Pantagruel,” Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800, vol. 60, 2000.
  • Language and Money in Rabelais, New York: Peter Lang, 1996.
  • Paraclausithyron and Genre Identification in Ovid Amores 1.1,” Brown Classical Journal, vol. 4, 1987, pp. 26-30.


Additional Information

Dr. Lavatori is an amateur oboist and has performed with community groups throughout Southern California.

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