Christine Zunz

Christine Zunz

Assistant Dean/Foreign Language Coordinator and Lecturer

Department of French

270 Monroe Hall


B.A., University of Michigan

I was born in Brittany (Rennes, France) and grew up in Liège (Belgium). After receiving a Commerce degree with a focus on foreign languages (Dutch, German, English), I moved to Paris and worked for the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), an international organization helping governments tackle the economic, social and governance challenges of a globalised economy.

I moved to the United States in August 1973. I was married and was a mother. I seized the opportunity to be in an outstanding university to fulfill a long time dream and to pursue my education at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), which I attended with a fellowship from the Center for the Continuing Education of Women. I received a BA with Distinction High Honors in Psychology in May 1976. Our second child was born on July 5th, 1976, one day after the bicentennial and two months after my graduation.

The entire family moved to Charlottesville in 1978. Since then, I have held several positions: editorial assistant (1979-1989) for the French XX Bibliography: A Bibliography for the Study of French Literature and Culture Since 1885; lecturer in the French department (1987-present); director of the French House (1988-2008); and assistant dean in the College of Arts & Sciences (1990-present). In 2002, I was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the French Government.

I have been enjoying every opportunity that has been given to me at the University of Virginia. My interests for foreign languages and psychology combined with the international journey that started years ago have helped me understand, help, and advise undergraduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences. I enjoy teaching French grammar, reading Belgian mystery novelist Georges Simenon, and seeing students in my office every day.