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Franklin professor bestowed national order by French Republic

Catherine Jones, professor of French and Provençal in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences’ Romance languages department, was named a Chevalier d’ Ordre des Palmes académiques, a national order bestowed by the French Republic to distinguished academics and figures in the world of culture and education.

Originally established in 1808 by Emperor Napoleon as a decoration to honor eminent members of the University of Paris, it was changed into its current form as an order of merit in 1955.

Jones is a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor and author of The Noble Merchant: Problems of Genre and Lineage in Hervis de Mes (North Carolina, 1993), Philippe de Vigneulles and the Art of Prose Translation (Boydell & Brewer, 2008) and An Introduction to the “Chansons de Geste” (University Press of Florida, 2014).