Kristi Roney is a PhD candidate in French with a graduate certificate in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in French and International Careers from Lehigh University (1995), a Master’s of Tax from Arizona State University (2002), and a Master’s in French from the University of Kansas (2013). She is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Kristi blends her interest in literature and finance through her dissertation research which situates Honoré de Balzac in his historical-economic period of the Industrious Revolution with a focus on capital investments. In addition to the David A. Dinneen Award for Teaching Excellence, she has received a Cornell/Mahieu Fellowship, a Springer Fellowship, and a KU Summer Graduate Fellowship to pursue her research.