Dr. Brunhilde Biebuyck has worked at Reid Hall since 1984. Before becoming the Center's director, she directed the Columbia-Penn undergraduate program and the MA Program in French Cultural Studies. She has lived in the Republic of Congo, various parts of the USA, and France.
Her research concentrates on oral traditional narrative, and she is currently working on the French and English translation of a Bantu epic collected in the 1950’s. She is member of the Classiques africains, a prestigious collection of works on African poetry and prose, and the Cahiers de Littérature Orale, the only academic journal in France devoted to oral literature.