Kelsey B. Madsen

Chair, Associate Professor of French
All FacultyModern Languages

Contact Information
Email: MadsenKB@GCC.EDU

Kelsey B. Madsen


  •     Ph.D. in French, University of Oklahoma, 2018 
  •     M.A in French, University of Oklahoma, 2012  
  •     Dual B.A. in French and Letters with a minor in German, University of Oklahoma, 2009 

Areas of Research  

  •     20th and 21st-century French literature 
  •     Cultural memory / monuments 
  •     Religion and secularism (laïcité) in France 
  •     Immigration  


  • Intermediate French I and II
  • Understanding France and the French
  • Representations of WWII in French Culture from 1945 to the Present
  • History and Memory of Algeria from 1830 to Independence
  • Business French
  • Espace(s) public(s)  
  • French Cinema
  • Caribbean and African Literature in French
  • 18th to 21st Century French Literature

What is the most important piece of advice you give to students to help them succeed? 
Think about why you are taking a course. If it is a required course that you don’t feel naturally drawn to, how does it relate to another interest you already have or wish to develop? As much as possible, try to focus on learning and making connections rather than worrying about specific grades.  

In French classes, I encourage students to consider how the language connects to their other interests, whether music, film, or physics. We do assignments throughout the various levels of French in which students select their own topics for projects.  


  • “Monuments, Tombs and Texts in Zahia Rahmani’s Moze.” Women in French Studies (2022): vol. 30, 2022, p. 96-110. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/wfs.2022.0008.


Book Reviews 

Additional Experience 
Growing up, I lived in the U.S., Germany, and Australia, and I began learning French at age 11 in the Australian school system. During my undergraduate years, I studied abroad in both Braunsweig, Germany and Strasbourg, France. Before coming to Grove City College, I taught French at the University of Oklahoma from 2009 to 2016 and at Kent State University in spring 2018.