Gary Ljungquist

Professor of Modern Languages
Director of Salem Signature Program

What brought you to Salem?

The beauty, location and size of Salem College are what attracted me to become a part of this campus in 1979.

What courses do you teach at Salem?

I teach French, Spanish and Women’s Studies. My favorite class to teach is on Alfred Hitchcock films.

Tell us more about teaching in Women’s Studies.

Teaching courses in Women's Studies radically altered my academic outlook, just as teaching at a women's college changed my outlook on the role of women's colleges. I came to realize that gender is as significant a social construction for men as it is for women. This realization freed me to reevaluate my teaching methods and the focus of my teaching, allowing me to "ask the gender question" about literary texts and films. Women's Studies transformed my intellectual vision.

What do you do when you are not teaching?

When not teaching I am most likely watching television. My favorite television show is Project Runway. I also love listening to classical music, cooking and dreaming about expensive chocolate.

Do you have any pets?

I have a cat named Lulu who is outgoing just like me.

What are your favorite movies?

  • Vertigo 
  • Sense and Sensibility 
  • Mysterious Skin 
  • Mrs. Dalloway


Ph.D, Cornell University
B.A., Clark University



Modern Languages