Roy Caldwell is Professor of French and Film Studies. He chaired the Department of Modern Languages for fifteen years, and founded the Curriculum of Cinema and Media Studies, for which he served as Coordinator for the first three years of its existence. He directed the Program in France on eight occasions, and, in 2018, launched the new program in Bordeaux.
He has taught numerous courses in French and in Cinema: all levels of French language; 19th-Century French novel; 20th-century French novel; French Cinema (many variants); The Great War; French Poetry; French Drama; French Civilization; Contemporary France; The South of France; The French Antilles; French Comedy; Introduction to Cinema; History of the Cinema; Translation; French Cuisine and the Wines of Bordeaux; and, most recently, Paris on Film. He has directed dozens and dozens of student research projects. He has published scholarly articles, in French and English, on a wide variety of literary and cinematic authors: Kafka, Robbe-Grillet, Flaubert, Diderot, Vargas-Llosa, Sterne, Coover, Auster, Zola, Chamoiseau, Confiant, Kubrick, Serge Gainsbourg.
He has also written two novels, and a memoire of the year he played college basketball in France. When he is not writing or teaching, he likes to play golf and tournament bridge. At golf, he is a 10 handicap, and at bridge, a Ruby Life Master. The lights of his life are his two “blondes”: wife Ellen who teaches Shakespeare, Greek mythology, and History of Science at Clarkson, and daughter Grace who is studying for the Doctorate in Classics at the University of Toronto.