Julie Barlow was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the North American Center for Transborder Studies in Spring 2010. She is a professional writer and author of two bestselling works on France and the French language: Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong (Sourcebooks. 2003), and The Story of French (St. Martin’s Press, Knopf Canada, Robson-Anova UK, 2006).
Based in Montreal, Canada, Ms. Barlow is a regular contributor to Quebec’s principal French-language public affairs magazine, L’actualité. Her work has also appeared in magazines and newspapers across Canada, the U.S. and Europe including the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor and the Courier international. She is a four-time National Magazine Award Finalist, won the 2007 Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction and has received two Professional Writing Grants from the Canada Council for the Arts. She speaks widely on France and the French language at universities and for associations in North America and Europe.
Ms. Barlow’s research at NACTS focused on Mexican-U.S. relations and the expanding role of the Spanish language in the United States.