Since 1988, Joan DeJean has served as a Trustee Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at Yale and Princeton in the past. She being the author of eleven works on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French literature, history, and material culture, the most recent of which is How Paris Became Paris: The Creation of the Modern City (2014); The Age of Comfort: When Paris Found Casual--and the Modern Household Started (2009); and The Essence of Style: How the French Created High Fashion, Fine Cuisine, Stylish CafÃ©s, Style, and Sophistry (2009). She lives in Philadelphia and, when in Paris, she stays right around the corner from the house where the story begins in 1612.
- Ourika: The Original French Text
- Tender Geographies: Women and the Origins of the Novel in France
- Against Marriage: The Correspondence Of La Grande Mademoiselle
- The Reinvention of Obscenity: Sex, Lies, and Tabloids in Early Modern France
- Ancients Against Moderns: Culture Wars and the Making of a Fin de Siecle