Katharine Hargrave is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in French and Francophone Studies. She specializes in French literature and musicology. Before coming to Penn State, she earned a B.A. in French and a B.M. in Violin Performance at the University of Colorado at Boulder. After graduation, she taught as an English Language Assistant for the CIEP (Centre international d’études pédagogiques) in Louviers, France. She came to Penn State in 2010 and completed her M.A. in French. She then participated in the department’s teaching exchange in Lyon at the Université Lumière Lyon 2, where she also completed an M.A. in Musicology. Her current research interests include questions of aesthetics and genre in the music and literature of 18th-century France. Other research interests include opera librettos, particularly in the dramatic works of Jean-Philippe Rameau, book history, and translation.