David Bell, Professor of Romance Studies, has been selected by the French government to be a member of L'Ordre des Palmes Académiques, a French honorary society that recognizes academics and educators for their contributions to the teaching and dissemination of French language and culture. His selection marks the fifth current or emeritus faculty member of the department to receive the prestigious honor, an indication of the department’s international stature. Other Duke members of the order include emeriti professors Philip Stewart, Jean-Jacques Thomas and Alice Kaplan, as well as Professor Michèle Longino.
The Ordre des Palmes Académiques was originally created by Napoleon to pay tribute to the leading scholars at the University of Paris. It is one of the world’s oldest civil awards.
“It is extremely rewarding to be recognized by the French government for my contributions as a researcher and teacher of French,” Bell said. “And it is all the more gratifying to join my Duke colleagues who have received the award.”