Jan Gross is Seth Richards Professor in Modern Languages with Senior Faculty Status. She earned a B.A. and a Ph.D. in French from the University of Michigan and an M.A. from Ohio State. Her current research illustrates how contemporary theatre of the French-speaking world enables us to “imagine the other” with a focus on the French-Algerian relationship, including interviews with Algerian playwrights living in Paris (Slimane Benaïssa, Mohamed Kacimi, and Fatima Gallaire). Publications in Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, French Review, and other collections, examine the role of terrorism, postcolonial identities, exile, Islam, and the influence of Albert Camus. Her translation with Daniel Gross of Slimane Benaïssa's novel, The Last Night of a Damned Soul (Grove Press, 2004) was one of the first works of fiction on 9/11 to be penned by a Muslim author. She has also examined the local-global connection between the influential Muslim leader of Algeria, Emir Abd el-Kader, and the Iowa town of Elkader in “Celebrating A Muslim Hero, in Iowa” http://dmreg.co/1m4REmU. Her current project ,"Performing Out of Islam," illustrates how representations of Islam in French theatre serve as a site for provocative and productive exchanges across sociocultural and religious difference.