Christine Renaudin

Professor of French

Christine Renaudin
Christine Renaudin

Office Hours

Available By Appointment Only

What I Do At SSU

As a participant in the Faculty Early Retirement Program, I have been assigned the task of chairing the department of Art & Art History. It is an honor and a pleasure to serve in this position.
Since 1990, when I first arrived at SSU, I have taught all levels of French language, culture, and literature and served at Sonoma State University in different capacities, serving on numerous committees and chairing various departments. In 2013, I took the initiative of creating SYRCE, our school’s multi-disciplinary Second Year Research & Creative Experience, which I coordinated for 5 years after its first implementation in the Fall of 2014, and for which I was honored, in 2018, with a CSU Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award. For more information on this innovative piece of curriculum, please visit our comprehensive website at, where you will find a detailed description of the initiative, as well as programs and galleries from each past semester’s symposium. Also, for several years I created and taught SYRCE’s Theater Arts & Dance seminar, THAR 273, Literature & Performance: Critical & Creative Readings. 

More on Dr. Renaudin

Dr. Renaudin received an MA in Modern Literatures from the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne, and a PhD in French Literature from Cornell University. While an undergraduate double majoring from the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne in French Literature and British and American Literatures, she was awarded a Fulbright fellowship and spent a year as a Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant at Scripps College, CA, an experience which influenced her decision to pursue a career in the US. 
Prior to teaching at Sonoma State University, Dr. Renaudin taught American Civilization at Paris IV-Sorbonne, French and French Literature and Culture at Tufts University, Cornell University, and Vassar College.
Dr. Renaudin’s research interests have included such authors as Voltaire, Stendhal, Marivaux, Malika Mokkedem, Virginia Woolf, Paul Verlaine, Camara Laye, and Edwige Danticat. She has also translated into French the poetry of Christina Svane, as published in the collection entitled Talking To Tara. She is interested in body representations in literature as well as its embodiments at the intersection of literature and the arts, particularly through the performing arts. These explorations have led to the creation of multimedia performances such as Verlaine: Muse & Music Maker (Sonoma State University, PE1, Rohnert Park, 2005), Letters Interactive (The Sitting Room, Penngrove, 2012), Weaved (Sonoma State University, Schroeder Hall, Rohnert Park, 2015), and Thursday Rains (The Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station, 2016).
A former member of Ann Woodhead’s Dance Company and co-founder of contact improvisation collective, Lezokiparl, Dr. Renaudin cultivates her contemporary dance practice with various teachers in the Bay Area, including her colleagues at Sonoma State University. An avid contact improvisation practitioner, she co-leads the monthly West Marin Contact Improvisation at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station.