Kaplan is also the translator into English of Louis Guilloux's novel OK, Joe, Evelyne Bloch-Dano's Madame Proust: A Biography, and three books by Roger Grenier: Piano Music for Four Hands, Another November, and The Difficulty of Being a Dog.
Kaplan's research interests include autobiography and memory, translation in theory and practice, literature and the law, twentieth-century French literature, French cultural studies, and post-war French culture. Her recent undergraduate courses include courses on Camus, Proust, and Céline; theories of the archive; French national identity; “The Experience of Being Foreign”; and “Literary Trials.” Upcoming courses include “The Modern French Novel” (with Maurice Samuels) and a film course on French cinema of the Occupation. She currently sits on the editorial board at South Atlantic Quarterly and on the usage panel for the American Heritage Dictionary, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is represented by the Marly Rusoff Literary Agency.
The Collaborator was awarded the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Award in History and was a finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critic’s Circle awards. The Interpreter was the recipient of the 2005 Henry Adams Prize from the Society for History in the Federal Government, and French Lessons was nominated for the 1993 National Books Critics Circle Award (for autobiography and biography). She was the recipient of a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1994.
In 1973 she did a year of study at the Université de Bordeaux III in Bordeaux, France. She obtained her BA in French at the University of California at Berkeley in 1975 and her PhD in French at Yale University in 1981.