B.A., University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1993
M.A., Purdue University, 1994
D.E.A. (Diplôme d’Études Approfondies), École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France, 1996
Ph.D., Purdue University, 2000
eighteenth-century French literature, contemporary feminist theory, narrative studies, the role of the liberal arts
Heidi Bostic became Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of New Hampshire in 2016. She brings many years of experience in public and private higher education as a faculty member and administrator. After teaching at Concordia College (MN) and the University of Minnesota-Moorhead (where she also served as Director of the University Women’s Center), Bostic was an Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Gender Studies at Michigan Technological University, where she was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 2006. At Michigan Tech, Bostic served as Director of Programs in Modern Languages and Interim Chair of the Department of Humanities. In 2009 she was recruited to Baylor University as Professor of French and Chair of Modern Languages and Cultures, that university’s largest academic department. Subsequently she was named inaugural director of interdisciplinary programs for Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences.
A former Fulbright Scholar to Chile (2004), Bostic received the National Teaching Competition Award (2001-02) and the Theodore E.D. Braun Research Travel Award (2007) from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, won the Distinguished Teaching Award at Michigan Tech (2006), and was named Higher Education Administrator of the Year by the Texas Foreign Language Association (2015). She completed the Management Development Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2014.
Her research spans eighteenth-century French literature, contemporary feminist theory, narrative studies, and the role of the liberal arts.
“Greimas and Gender: Mere Recipe or Real Meal?,” Semiotica: Journal of the International Association of Semiotic Studies, forthcoming in 2017.
“The Humanities Must Engage Global Grand Challenges,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 30, 2016.
“Chairing Stories” in Academic Leadership in Higher Education: From the Top Down and the Bottom Up. Ed. Robert J. Sternberg et al. Rowman-Littlefield, 2015. 233–238.
“Friendship, Fainéantise, and Fraternal Correction in Graffigny’s Letters to Devaux 1752–53,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 26.3 (2014): 355–74.
“Literary Women, Reason, and the Fiction of Enlightenment,” The French Review 85:6 (2012): 1024–38.
“The Recent Work of Luce Irigaray,” guest edited special issue of L’Esprit créateur 52.3 (September 2012).
The Fiction of Enlightenment: Women of Reason in the French Eighteenth Century. Newark: The University of Delaware Press, 2010.
Luce Irigaray, La voie de l’amour translated into English by Heidi Bostic and Stephen Pluháček as The Way of Love. London: Continuum, 2002.