Preeamvada (Preea) Leelah

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of French

Areas of Study


  • BA, Concordia College, 2002
  • MA, University of Wisconsin, 2004
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, 2011


My research interest lies mainly with the French Enlightenment and counter-Enlightenment movements of the 18th-century. I investigate how writers from each group influenced the cultural landscape of their time, and how our perception as modern readers is transformed once we recognize the role of the philosophes in relation to their adversaries.

I am also interested in French theater and novel, modern adaptations of pre-revolutionary French literature, rhetoric, history of religion, philosophy of the Enlightenment and counter-Enlightenment.

Fall 2021

Pratiques de l’ecrit — FREN 321
La décolonisation du corps féminin — FREN 428

Spring 2022

Français intermédiaire II — FREN 206
History of French Creole — FREN 304