Darci came to Appalachian from California, where she taught French at Stanford for a year after completeing her PhD there. Having grown up in Raleigh, she is happy to be returning to her home state of North Carolina. She discovered her passion for world literatures in college and is eager to replicate that experience for her students. In research and teaching alike, she is fascinated by how carefully engaging with literature can influence the way we interact with the world. She is always looking to highlight the ways that great works of art renew our vision and experience of everyday life, and she very much enjoys observing the way that French art, literature, and culture occasionally startles students into reevaluating the way they interpret the world.