S. Olivia Donaldson

Associate Professor of French and Director of International and Global Studies

Olivia Donaldson’s teaching and research interests include Francophone studies, migration studies, human rights, oral history, language acquisition, and digital humanities. She teaches face-to-face, online and hybrid courses for programs including French, International and Global Studies, English, First-Year Experience, and Honors. Since joining UMF in 2015, she has had the chance to help develop the new World Languages Education major and the graduate certificate in English Language Learners. Her work has appeared in the journals Contemporary Women’s Writing, Women in French, and Reconstruction; the anthology Where is Adaptation?; and the project website Voices of Migration: An Oral History Collective. Having served with the Peace Corps in Benin, worked in Switzerland and Kazakhstan, studied in France, lived in Germany, and taught ESL/EFL, Dr. Donaldson enjoys speaking with students about opportunities to study away, work abroad, and develop intercultural awareness.


  • 2011 PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 2000 MA Virginia Tech
  • 1998 BA Virginia Tech
Olivia Donaldson – Associate Professor of French