French and Italian
Department Chairs:
Libby Murphy
Rice 10

Administrative Assistant:
Blanche Villar

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-5257
Fax: (440) 775-6888

Peters Hall 301
50 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, Ohio, 44074

Preeamvada Leelah

Preeamvada Leelah

Visiting Assistant Professor of French

Contact Information


Peters Hall 304
(440) 775-5590

Personal Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 2:25-3:25 and by appointment.

Preeamvada Leelah

Preeamvada Leelah

Educational Background

  • B.A., Concordia College, 2002
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin, 2004
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 2011

My research interest lies mainly with the French Enlightenment and counter-Enlightenment movements of the eighteenth-century. I investigate how writers from each group influenced the cultural landscape of their time, and how our perception as modern readers is transformed once we recognize the role of the philosophes in relation to their adversaries. I am also interested in French theater and novel, modern adaptations of pre-revolutionary French literature, rhetoric, history of religion, philosophy of the Enlightenment and counter-Enlightenment.