Deborah Losse


Deborah N. Losse was named dean of humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in May 2004. In that role she provided vision and leadership for the humanities division of the college until her retirement in 2010. 

A professor of French, Losse previously served for six years as associate dean of academic programs in the ASU Graduate College and three years as chair of the department of languages and literatures (now the School of International Letters and Cultures). She has twice directed the ASU program abroad in Lille, France. Losse also served as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in Katsina, Nigeria. She has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the U.S. Department of Education and the Pew Charitable Trusts. She is a chevalier in the Order of Academic Palms and Emeritus Professor at ASU.


  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill 1973
  • M.A. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill 1970
  • B.A. Connecticut College 1966

Research Interests

Losse continues to research and write in the area of early modern French literature.  Recent publications include:  Montaigne and Brief Narrative Form (Palgrave Macmillan 2013); Syphilis:  Medicine, Metphor, and Religious Conflict (The Ohio State University Press 2015); and forthcoming at Peter Lang, Volery and Venery in the French Wars of Religion.


  • Losse, Deborah N. Jacques Yver's Le Printemps and Trans Gender Phantasmagoria. Narrative Worlds: Essays in the Early Nouvelle in 15th and 16th Century France, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies (2005).
  • Losse, Deborah N. Homenaz. A Rabelais Encyclopedia (2004).
  • Losse, Deborah N. Satirical Eulogy. A Rabelais Encyclopedia (2004).
  • Losse, Deborah N. The Decretals. A Rabelais Encyclopedia (2004).
  • Deborah Losse. A Storied Life and a Lived Story: Writing Oneself in Montaigne's Essais. Romanic Review (2003).
  • Deborah Losse. Revisioning Saint Augustine. Rabelaisian Intertexts of Augustine's Confessions. Allegorica (2002).

Research Activity


  • Losse, Deborah. Rethinking the Humanities: Becoming Human in an Inhumane World (Sep 2005).
  • Losse, Deborah. Rowing Upstream, Persevering in the Midst of Catastrophe, Montaigne and the Wars of Religion. Symposium in Memory of G�rard Defaux (Mar 2005).
  • Losse, Deborah. Parler le latin de leur m�re. Latin as Ironic Marker in the Renaissance Conte. Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association (Dec 2004).
  • Losse, Deborah. The Essay: That Heretical Genre. Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (Apr 2003).
  • Losse, Deborah. A Storied Life and a Lived Story: Wrtiting Oneself in the Essais. Renaissance Society of America Annual Annual Meeting (Apr 2002).
  • Losse, Deborah. Revisioning Saint Augustine. Rabelaisian Intertexts of Augustine's Confessions. Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting (Mar 2000).


  • Department of Languages and Literatures , College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Chair (2001 - 2004)
  • International School of Arizona, Board Member (2003 - 2003)
  • PMLA, Reviewer (2003 - 2003)
  • Renaissance Quarterly, Editorial Board (2003 - 2003)
  • Renaissance Society of America, Executive Board (2003 - 2003)
  • Academic Chairs and Directors Council, Chair (2003)
  • School of Global Studies Steering Committee, Member (2003)
  • Search Committee, Director of African American Studies, Chair (2003)
  • University Budget Task Force, Member (2003)
  • University Design, Member (2003)
  • Graduate College, Associate Dean of Academic Programs (1995 - 2001)

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