Francie Cate-Arries completed her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and joined the faculty of the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures at the College of William & Mary in 1986. She is a professor of contemporary Spanish cultural and literary studies, and teaches courses at all levels of the curriculum, including Fundamentals of Literary Criticism; The Art & Literature of the Spanish Civil War; Film under Franco; Literary Landscapes of Spain; Phantasms of Francoism: History, Literature, Memory; language courses at all levels; and Translation. (In the Fall 2016 translation course, students created subtitles for a 2016 documentary, Tres días en julio, chronicling the first three days of the Spanish Civil War in Cádiz, Spain) http://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2016/cate-arries-class-helps-the-world-understand-spanish-civil-war.php
Prof. Cate-Arries regularly serves as a faculty adviser for W&M's Semester in Sevilla program (which she co-founded with Carla Buck in 2006), whose curriculum includes innovative service-learning opportunities and internships. She also frequently directs the W&M Summer in Cádiz, Spain program celebrating its 14 year anniversary in 2017, similarly co-founded for the College with Carla Buck in 2003. In Cádiz, she supervises undergraduate research projects about contemporary topics in today´s Spain related to, for example, women´s issues, cinema, immigration, historical memory, music, commemorative cultures, and youth cultures.
She held a Weingartner Research Fellowship in 2013-2015, and in 2013 was awarded a top honor from the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, (Sigma Delta Pi), the Order of the Discoverers. She is a 2007 recipient of the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia´s Outstanding Faculty Award. Currently, she serves as Associate Chair of the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures.