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Karen Melissa Marcus is an American Foreign language educator and author.


Karen Marcus was born on February 28, 1956 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Arrived in the United States in 1962. She is a daughter of Marvin Marcus and Arlen Ingrid (Sahlman) Bishop.


She received Bachelor in French and Bachelor in Political Science at University California, Santa Barbara, in 1978. Then she got Master of Arts in Political Science at University California, Santa Barbara, in 1981, and Master of Arts in French at Stanford University, California, in 1984. Finally, she became Doctor of Philosophy in French at Stanford University, California, in 1990.


She was appointed lecturer of French at Stanford University in 1989—1990. Then she worked as an assistant professor at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff in 1990—1996, associate professor in 1996—2004, professor in 2004—2007, and professor emerita since 2007.


  • She is famous for her books The Forbidden Woman and Writings from the Sand.


  • Coordination Internationale des Chercheurs Sur Les Litteratures Maghrebines

  • Modern Language Association of America

  • American Association of Teachers of French

  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

  • American Literary Translators Association

  • Women in French

  • American Association of University Professors

  • American Association of University Women

  • Phi Beta Kappa

  • Alpha Lambda Delta

  • Phi Sigma Iota

  • Pi Delta Phi


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: walking, yoga, reading, writing short stories, photography.


On January 7, 1984 she married Jorge Esteban Mezei, but they divorced in 1987.

Marvin Marcus Bishop - professor of mathematics

Arlen Ingrid (Sahlman) Bishop - Administrative assistant

Jorge Esteban Mezei