Professor of French



John Greene is a Professor of French at UofL where, in addition to general language, literature and culture courses, he teaches business French, French cinema, and a theater practicum which emphasizes language acquisition through performance; he has developed and taught seminars which focus on Paris, class structure and Enlightenment material culture, including the discovery of the Exotic. He is an accredited examiner of the French proficiency certifications for non-native speakers of French (DELF and DALF), awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify competency in the French language and serves as an Assistant Editor of the French Review, the journal of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF).

His filmed lecture series for The Great Courses, entitled The Great Tours: France through the Ages, was released in 2020.

Honors & Awards

Dr. Greene is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the President’s Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Louisville and the Dorothy S. Ludwig Excellence in Teaching Award of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). He has won the Innovative Course Design Competition of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS). The French government has named him a Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes académiques.

Research Areas

Dr. Greene’s research focuses mainly on the representation of material culture in Enlightenment French fiction and maritime narratives. His published work has appeared in books and journals on both sides of the Atlantic. He has received external funding to present and publish his research at the National Library of Australia in Canberra, the Clark Library at UCLA, the Museum of London, and, in Paris at the Musée de la Marine and at the Collège de France.