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Aletha Stahl

Professor of French and Francophone Studies


  • Languages & Literatures
  • African and African American Studies
  • Comparative Languages and Linguistics
  • French & Francophone Studies
  • International Studies


  • Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • M.A., University of Iowa
  • B.A., Goshen College

Selected Courses

Contemporary French Thought
Translation Theory and Practice
Basic French I & II
Women and the Unspeakable


Aletha Stahl is a Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Earlham. She brings a sensibility for social justice to the study of translation, creole languages, literature and film. Aletha is also a registered yoga teacher.  After long pondering how language learning connects with the contemplative and physical aspects of yoga, she developed a special Basic French course, pairing classroom French instruction with yoga classes in French. This willingness to explore new ways of teaching and learning led Aletha into a role as Earlham’s teaching and learning consultant. Now she helps other Earlham faculty refine their teaching and develop new practices. Her next research — in collaboration with seven students and a fellow professor — will look at the possibilities of virtual worlds for language teaching.

While Aletha says it’s hard to identify a typical Earlham student, she says professors who have taught elsewhere often say that our students are, “particularly self-starting, curious, passionate, and committed to connecting ideas to issues of social justice.”

Research Projects


Professional Memberships

Haitian Studies Association

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