Thomas Jefferson Kline, Ph.D.

Thomas Jefferson Kline

Title: Professor Emeritus of French
Company: Boston University
Location: San Diego, California, United States

Thomas Jefferson Kline, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of French at Boston University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in French language, literature, and culture.

Dr. Kline is a professor emeritus of French at Boston University, where he spent nearly three decades teaching French literature, film, and culture. His passion for French began as an undergraduate at Oberlin College after taking a summer study-abroad program, and he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1964. In 1969, he was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy by Columbia University, where he would remain for the next year as an assistant professor of French. That summer, Dr. Kline purchased an abandoned house in Burgundy while visiting friends in Paris before returning to the United States to accept a faculty position at the University at Buffalo. 

From 1970 until 1979, Dr. Kline taught French and comparative literature at the University of Buffalo, rising from assistant to associate professor, and in 1976, he was named an Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Letters. In 1979, he became a professor of French and chairman of Boston University, where he would remain until his retirement in 2000. Dr. Kline has been a visiting professor of French at Tufts University and the University of California Berkeley, and is the recipient of a 1974 Ansley Award and the 2008 Metcalf Award in recognition of his cultural scholarship. He is the author of books including “Unraveling French Cinema,” 2009, “Screening the Text: Intertextuality in New Wave French Film,” 1992, and sits on the editorial and review boards of Studies in French Cinema.


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