Faculty Portrait

Contact Information

Name: Vanessa Arnaud, Ph.D.

Title: Lecturer

Office Location: Mariposa Hall 2031

Email: arnaud@csus.edu

Mailing Address: California State University, Sacramento, Department of World Languages and Literatures 6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6087

Office Hours: Tu/Th 12:15-1:30PM in person or by Zoom

Courses Taught


  • French 1A and 1B: Elementary French
  • French 2B: Intermediate French
  • French 103: Advanced French Composition
  • French 107: Business French
  • French 120: French Civilization
  • French 130: Culture Wars: From Knighthood to Revolution
  • French 199: Special Problems

Humanities and Religious Studies

  • HRS 132: Renaissance 
  • HRS 134: Baroque and the Enlightenment

General Education Honors Program 

  • Honors 1: Education, Self-Examination and Living
  • Honors 3: Great Books and World Civilization
  • Honors 103: Civic Engagement, Service Learning: Pursuing the Public Good

World Languages and Literatures

  • WLL 21: First Year Seminar: Becoming an Educated Person

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • NSM 21: First Year Seminar: Becoming an Educated Person


Publications and Presentations

Selected Publications:

"Facing Justice through Connecting French Literature and Service Learning to the Adjunct Problem." The French Review, vol. 95, no. 4, 2022, pp. 83-97.

Engaging the Mind & Heart: First Year Experience Textbook. 4th edition. Toronto: Top Hat, 2021. ISBN: 978-1-77330-700-8

 “Violations of Honnêteté through Gossip: Bussy Rabutin.” Biblio 17: Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature. Special edition, Marcella Leopizzi, ed. L’honnêteté au Grand Siècle: belles manières et Belles Lettres 221 (2020) : 453-461.

“Strengthening Your Personal Development through Community Engagement.” First Year Seminar: Perspective and Empowerment.  Mason Ohio: Cengage Learning, 2009. 137-142.


Recent Presentations:

"Using the Pedagogy of Gaming to Explore Revolutionary France." Modern Language Association, Washington D.C., January 6, 2022.

“What the French Revolution Can Teach Us about Inequities.” Modern Language Association, Seattle, January 11, 2020.

“Gossip as Artistic Warfare during the Sun King’s Reign.” Durham Early Modern Conference. Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Durham University, England, July 23, 2019.

“Violations of Honnêteté Exposed through Gossip.” 48e Congrès de la North American Society for Seventeenth Century French Literature, L’honnêteté au Grand Siècle: belles manières et belles Lettres, Università del Salento – Lecce, Italy, June 27-30, 2018.

“Service Learning Pedagogy to Examine Otherness in the Middle Ages.” International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, England, July 3-6, 2017.

“Early Modern French Literature in a Service Learning Context: A Pluralist Approach.” East and West: 2nd Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities, Sacramento State, Oct. 29, 2016.

“Writing Collaboration between Elementary School and College Students.” ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, San Diego, November 20-22, 2015.

“Peer Teaching and Learning: Effective Strategies to Internationalize the Campus” presented with Dr. Kazue Masuyama. California Language Teachers’ Association Conference, Sacramento, March 9, 2015.