Professor of French

Office Location 
Fine Arts 366
Mailing Address 
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Stéphane Natan

Stéphane Natan is Assistant Professor of the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures and Professor of French. He was raised and educated in France, where he received his college education. He has four different degrees: one in French Language and Literature, one in Classics, one in Philosophy, and one in Armenian Language. Specializing in seventeenth-century French literature, he received a PhD with distinction from the University Jean Moulin of Lyon in April 2003 with a dissertation on Pascal and his rhetoric.

Stéphane Natan has published scholarly articles in French in different countries: France, Canada, United Kingdom, and United States. In 2005, he published a book Les Pensées de Pascal: D’un projet apologétique à une œuvre ouverte. In 1997, he was awarded Prix Giraudoux by the Fondation Jean et Jean-Pierre Giraudoux, and in 2004 he received The Chancellor’s Outstanding Teaching Award by the University of Tennessee, where he was a lecturer in the Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures Department in charge of the teaching and the promotion of different aspects of French language and culture.

Educational Background

  • 2003 Ph.D., French, University Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (France)
  • 1998 Degree, Armenian, University Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (France)
  • 1997 M.A., French, University Lumière Lyon 2 (France)
  • 1997 Associate Degree, Philosophy, University Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (France)
  • 1996 B.A., French, University Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (France)
  • 1995 Associate Degree, French, University Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (France)
  • 1995 Associate Degree, Classics, University Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (France)
  • 1993 Bacccalaureate, Economic and Social Sciences, Grenoble (France)

Foreign Languages

  • English: fluent speaking ability
  • French: native speaker
  • Spanish: reading (good); speaking (fair)
  • Armenian: near-native command
  • Latin: reading knowledge
  • Greek: reading knowledge

Professional Background

  • 2006-present Rider University, Assistant Professor of French
  • 2003-06 The University of Tennessee, Lecturer, French
  • 2001 Collège Jean Macé, Teacher, French
  • 1999 Collège Pierre Ronsard; Substitute teacher, French and Latin


  • 2005 The Chancellor’s Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Tennessee
  • 2005 MFLL Special Recognition Award, University of Tennessee
  • 1997 Prix Giraudoux 97, Fondation Jean et Jean-Pierre Giraudoux, Paris (France)


Rider University

  • Beginning and Intermediate French
  • French Theater

The University of Tennessee

  • Beginning and Intermediate French
  • Intensive Intermediate French
  • Honors Intermediate French
  • Intermediate and advanced French Conversation
  • French Phonetics

Institutional Service

Rider University

  • Foreign Film Series
  • Spanish Search Committee

The University of Tennessee

  • French Film series
  • French Immersion Weekend

Research in Progress

  • Life and Works of French writer Pascal



  • Les Pensées de Pascal: D’un projet apologétique à un texte poétique. Paris : Connaissances & Savoirs, 2005. 782 p.


  • “Les Pensées de Pascal: Au royaume des nécessités.” Symposium 60.2 (Summer 2006): 93-108.
  • “Les Pensées de Pascal: Une réponse volée.” Dalhousie French Studies 72 (2005): 3-16.
  • “Les Pensées de Pascal et la force des détours.” Nottingham French Studies 44.2 (2005): 1-7.
  • “Les Pensées de Pascal et les adverbes d’intensité.” L’Information littéraire 57.1 (2005): 36-50.
  • “La tonalité ironique et ludique des Pensées de Pascal.” L’Information littéraire 55.2 (2003): 29-34.