Dora Polachek's area of specialization is French Renaissance Literature and Culture. She has published extensively on Marguerite de Navarre, Montaigne and Brantôme as well as on the role of women during the French Wars of Religion. Her other research interests include early modern theater and issues relating to gender, power and the comic in the early modern period.
Polachek's teaching specialties include the French comic tradition, the novella and representations of the self in the early modern period. She teaches courses incorporating French fiction and film. Polachek is the recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, as well as the University Award for Excellence in International Education. She is faculty advisor for Binghamton University's chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, the international language honor society, and the weekly Table française. She is also the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies.
- BA, Barnard College
- MA, New York University
- PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- French Renaissance literature
University Award for Excellence in International Education
- 2004-2005; Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching