Department of Modern Languages

Andrew Suozzo


Phone: 773-325-1884
Office: SAC 320

  • 1973  Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1969  M.A., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1967  B.A., McGill University, Montréal, P.Q., Canada

Teaching and Research Interests

  • French literature and culture, all periods
  • Sports
  • Chicago history
  • LGBTQ studies

Andrew Suozzo’s teaching over nearly thirty years at DePaul includes all periods of French literature, all levels of French language, French culture/civilization from the earliest times to the current day, and the teaching of culture in the language classroom.  He has taught LGBTQ history for more than a decade as part of the multicultural sophomore seminar.  He has also offered a Discover/Explore Chicago course on the athletic, economic, and social impact of the Chicago Marathon.

Suozzo’s articles have appeared in the French Review, French Forum, Journal of Popular Culture, Littératures classiques, Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature, and Romance Notes, among others. His articles on the pedagogy of French culture were awarded the Gilbert Chinard Prize (Institut Français de Washington/French Review, 1981) and the Edouard Morot-Sir Prize (Institut Français de Washington/French Review, 1996).  His article on the Chicago Marathon received the Russel B. Nye Award (Journal of Popular Culture, 2002).

Suozzo has also written three books: The Comic Novels of Charles Sorel (French Forum, 1982), Teaching French Culture: Theory and Practice (coauthored with Ross Steele; NTC 1993), and The Chicago Marathon (University of Illinois Press, 2006). This last book received the non-academic Hal Higdon Journalism Award (CARA, 2006).

Select Publications


  • The Comic Novels of Charles Sorel.  Lexington: French Forum, 1982.
  • Teaching French Culture: Theory and Practice, coauthored with Ross Steele.  Lincolnwood, IL: National Textbook Company, September, 1993.
  • The Chicago Marathon, University of Illinois Press, August 2006.


  • "Dialogue and Immediacy in Cultural Instruction: The E-Mail Option." The French Review. Vol. 69, No. 1, October 1995, 78-87.
  • "The Chicago Marathon and Urban Renaissance," Journal of Popular Culture, v. 36, #1 (Summer 2002), 142-159.

Selected Awards

  • 1981, Gilbert Chinard Prize awarded by the Institut Français de Washington for the best article on pedagogy in the French Review ("Once More with Content," Feb., 1981).
  • 1996, Edouard Morot-Sir Pedagogical Prize awarded by the Institut Français de Washington for "the best article on teaching French language, literature or culture in the French Review."  (“Dialog and Immediacy…in 1995).
  • 2004 Russel B. Nye Award, (April 2004) for the best article published in the Journal of Popular Culture 2002-2003.
  • 2007, Hal Higdon Journalism Award, (January 20, 2007) offered by the Chicago Area Runners Association for The Chicago Marathon.
  • 2012, Officier des Palmes académiques by decree of the French government on February 8, 2012.