Kristina Roney Assistant Professor of French

Kristina Roney

Tucker Hall, Room 303

Kristina Roney returned to her passion for French literature following a career in finance and accounting. In addition to her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in French literature, she holds a Master’s of Taxation and maintains active licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Kristina leverages her diverse academic background by studying literature from an historical-economic perspective. Her monograph in-progress focuses on the 19th century and the Industrial Revolution, looking at the birth of modern finance through the literature of Honoré de Balzac.


Ph.D. University of Kansas

M.A. University of Kansas

MTAX Arizona State University

B.A. Lehigh University


French novel; 19th through 20th-century French literature; Honoré de Balzac; French for business purposes; Industrial Revolution; Economic history and finance; Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies.


Balzac & Money

Advent of the Arriviste

French for Business and Journalism

Invitation au voyage

Conversation et composition - Cours avancé

Intermediate French I & II / Advanced Intermediate French

Selected Publications

“A Tale of Two Bankruptcies: César Birotteau and La Maison Nucingen.” The Balzac Review/Revue Balzac, Classiques Garnier, vol. 4, 2021, pp 197-213.

“The Bible and the Balance Sheet in Pilhes’s L’Imprécateur.” The French Review, vol. 91, no. 3, 2018, pp 110-23.


“Brooks, Peter. Balzac’s Lives.” Nineteenth-Century French Studies, vol. 50, no. 1-2, 2021.

“Éric Bordas, ed. Balzac et la langue.” Nineteenth-Century French Studies, vol. 49, no. 1-2, 2020.

“Owen Heathcote and Andrew Watts, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Balzac.” Chimères, vol. 34, 2020.