Associate Professor
Focuses on 18th-century French literature, Enlightenment political and moral philosophy, colonialism, and critical theory


Andrew Billing’s principal research interests include Enlightenment political and moral philosophy and political economy, Rousseau, 18th-century French literature, imperialism, and critical and political theory. He has published articles, book chapters, and reviews in these areas, and is currently completing a book on the animal/human relation in eighteenth-century French philosophy and literature. With Juliette Cherbuliez of the University of Minnesota, Prof. Billing recently edited a special edition of L’Esprit créateur, titled Paris, Imagined Capital: Economic Transition and Modernity (17th to 19th Centuries). He is also currently leading a workshop on Raynal’s Histoire philosophique et politique des établissements et du commerce des Européens dans les deux Indes, hosted by the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World at the University of Minnesota.

Originally from New Zealand, Prof. Billing has a secondary research specialization in francophone literature from the Pacific region, particularly French Polynesia, and has also published and presented at conferences in this area.

Prof. Billing has taught courses at Macalester on the French Revolution and on eighteenth-century political ideas, on the animal/human distinction in the French Enlightenment, on science fiction and technology in French literature and film, on francophone literature from the Asia/Pacific region, and on colonial and postcolonial writing from Aotearoa/New Zealand, Tahiti, and Hawai’i. He has also collaborated with a student on translations into English of articles from Diderot and D’Alembert’s Encyclopédie.

Prof. Billing received his BA from the University of Otago, MA from the University of Canterbury and his PhD from the University of California, Irvine.