Julia Schrank

Doctoral Student
342 New Cabell Hall


  • University of Virginia.  Masters of Arts, French (2017)
  • The Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor of Arts in French & Francophone Studies and Spanish (2014)
  • IES Abroad: Paris– French Studies, study abroad experience (2013-2014)
  • L'Université de Paris-Sorbonne– Paris IV, exchange via IES Abroad with L'Institut d'art et d'archéologie (2013-2014)

Research Interests

  • Belle Époque Paris
  • Material culture: fashion, furniture, book-as-object, cosmetics and perfume
  • Popular culture: the popular novel, celebrity culture, trends, advertising
  • Visual Culture: Art Nouveau, ephemera, decorative art
  • Gender Studies: gendered objects, artistic representations
  • Digital Humanities: critical making, 3D printing, Arduino wearable technology  
  • Academic Librarianship: Metadata, Preservation, Digital Humanities

Representative Courses

FREN 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020, SLI

  • International Studies Office, CORE: Culture Shock --> Cultural Insight, Writing to See, Seeing to Write

Related Professional Work

  • Team Member, Digital Production Group, 2017-present
  • Graduate Assistant, Book Traces @ UVA, 2016- 2017
  • Instructor, CORE Team, International Studies Office 2015- 2017
  • Consultant, Scholars' Lab Makerspace in Alderman Library 2014-2016


  • Presenter, "Veiled Meaning: Cosmetics and Beauty Rituals as Extravagant Communication in Assia Djebar's Femmes d'Alger dans leur appartement," Le Sens et les sens/Sense and the Senses: International Colloquium for 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies, Indiana University at Bloomington, April 2017.
  • Presenter, "Gleefully Usurping the Male Gaze: A Paratextual Reading of La Douceur de Vivre by Marcelle Tinayre." 8th International Women in French Conference: "Fluid Identities: Margins and Centers in French and Francophone Women's Literature, Cinema, and Art," Gettysburg College, June 2016.
  • Invited Guest Instructor, "How Does Wearable Technology Solve Problems?" Washington and Lee University, History 180: Fashion in Global History, Professor Stephanie Stillo, October 2015.
  • Presenter,"The Rhetoric of Belittlement: A Paratextual Reading of La Douceur de Vivre by Marcelle Tinayre." Pitt FRIT Graduate Student Conference: "Short Fuse," University of Pittsburgh, October 2014.
  • Presenter, "Cycling through Unfamiliar Territory: Methodology in the Geospatial Reconstruction of the Diaries of Henri Vever." Liberal Arts Scholarship and Technology Summit, The Pennsylvania State University, August 2013
  • Invited Presenter, "Seeking Textbook Heroes: Student Perspectives on Best Uses of Textbooks and OERs." Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology, The Pennsylvania State University, March 2013