Born and raised in Paris, France, Lucile Couplan-Cashman has always been interested in multiculturalism and has lived in Algeria (north Africa), England, Spain, Mexico and Japan. At 19, she first came to the United States to do a workcamp with the Christian Movement for Peace in a Black community in Skeels, Ohio. She returned to Paris to earn a Licence and a Maîtrise in American Language and Culture at the Sorbonne/Paris IV. She then started a Master of Arts in French Language and Literature at Temple University which she finished at Arizona State University.
She has taught French and English as a Second Language in Guadalajara, Mexico, Temple University, Arizona State University, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been teaching at Santa Clara University since 1989 where she is also the advisor to the Francophone Club.
She returns to France every summer where she meets with current students and alumni.