Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5338 USA
By appointment only during summer semesters. Next office hours will be held in the fall semester.
- French culture, especially 19th through 21st centuries
- French language
- French litertaure, especially 19th through 21st centuries
- Gender studies
- French theater
- Gender studies
- Modern and contemporary French literature and culture
Dr. Cynthia Running-Johnson is associate professor and advisor of French in the Department of World Languages and Literatures, with a joint appointment as associate professor of Gender and Women's Studies at Western Michigan University.
Running-Johnson knew the joys of languages and art from an early age, accompanying her artist parents when they led study abroad trips in Europe. In college she learned to appreciate literature through her French classes. In graduate school, she worked in theatre production while studying French literature and culture. During her graduate studies she taught as an assistant to English teachers at a high school in Lyon, France, and earned a certificate in art at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris.
Running-Johnson has taught French and Francophone language, literature and culture at Western Michigan University since 1986. From 1984 to 1986, she taught French language and literature and humanities courses at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn. She has regularly led WMU study abroad programs to France since 1989, founding the summer program in Lyon and serving on the committee that established WMU's semester-long program in Besançon. From 2003 to 2012, she was chair of the department.