Heidi Bostic

Phone: (603) 862-2062
Office: COLA Dean's Office, Murkland Hall Rm 110, Durham, NH 03824
Heidi Bostic

A Professor of French, Heidi Bostic served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of New Hampshire from 2016-2018. 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.


  • Ph.D., Foreign Languages&Literatures, Purdue University
  • M.A., Purdue University
  • B.A., University of Nebraska

Research Interests

  • 18th century French literature
  • Contemporary feminist theory
  • Narrative studies
  • The role of the liberal arts

Selected Publications

Bostic, H., & Howey, M. (2017). To address the Anthropocene, engage the liberal arts. Anthropocene, 18, 105-110. doi:10.1016/j.ancene.2017.06.002

Bostic, H. (2015). "Chairing Stories". In Academic Leadership in Higher Education From the Top Down and the Bottom Up (pp. 233-238). Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Bostic, H. (2014). Friendship,Fainéantise, and Fraternal Correction in Graffigny’s Letters to Devaux 1752–53. Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 26(3), 355-374. doi:10.3138/ecf.26.3.355

Bostic, H. (2013). Graffigny’s Self, Graffigny’s Friend: Intimate Sharing in the Correspondance1750–52. Studies in Eighteenth Century Culture, 42(1), 215-236. doi:10.1353/sec.2013.0019

Bostic, H. (2012). Literary Women, Reason, and the Fiction of Enlightenment. French Review: Journal of the American Association of Teachers of French, 85(6), 1011-1038.

Bostic, H. (2012). Introduction: The Recent Work of Luce Irigaray. L'Esprit Créateur, 52(3), 1-10. doi:10.1353/esp.2012.0033

Bostic, H. (2010). The Fiction of Enlightenment: Women of Reason in the French Eighteenth Century. Newark, DE: U of Delaware P.

Bostic, H. (2010). The Difference She Makes: Staging Gender Identity in Graffignys Phaza. Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, 29(2), 291-309.

Bostic, H. (2002). LUCE IRIGARAY AND LOVE. Cultural Studies, 16(5), 603-610. doi:10.1080/0950238022000025219

Pluhacek, S., & Bostic, H. (1996). Thinking life as relation: An interview with Luce Irigaray. Man and World, 29(4), 343-360. doi:10.1007/bf01271373

Most Cited Publications