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Hamid Bahri (Ph.D. 2004)
Assistant Professor, York College
Hamid Bahri is a recent Ph.D. in French and literature, with specialization on North Africa. His scholarly interests include: Arab women’s writings, exile, Diaspora, cultural studies, and translation theory in French and Arabic texts.
His most recent publication is: “Father-daughter relations in the Francophone Maghrebian novel: Assia Djebar’s Loin de Médine” in “Francographies,” the journal of the Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique (SPFFA), May 2005.
Recent conferences include “The Colonial Language and Modern Arab Writing: Ambivalence, Identity and Agency” at the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) 18-21, Boston Massachusetts 2006, and “The Rise of the Arab Novel in English” at the MLA conference in Philadelphia, December, 2006.
Viral Bhatt (Ph.D. 2014)
Assistant Professor of French, Essex County College
Viral Bhatt earned her B.A. (Hons) in French from Drew University, where she wrote her senior thesis, Une étude du passé colonial de la France à travers quelques films contemporains, with a special focus and sensibility to the female director's lens. A firm believer in the value and significance of interdisciplinary studies, Viral has completed a Certificate in Women's Studies and her dissertation topic aims to explore the role of the female body in contemporary French and Francophone films of female directors. Viral has given a lecture at Drew University on the importance and relevance of Hélène Cixous, Luce Irigaray, and Monique Wittig to contemporary feminist and gender studies. She recently presented a paper, "Catherine Breillat and the Question of Women's Sexuality" at the Sexuality Across the Discipline Conference at The University of Binghamton. She currently teaches French at William Paterson University.
Christina Buehler (Ph.D. 2011)
Assistant Principal, Dean of Women at St. Anthony's High School, Long Island
Christina has been promoted to her current position in 2013. She has been teaching full time French and Latin at St. Anthony's High School since 1994 and for several years served there as the Director of Public Relations. Aside from her academic and administrative responsibilities at St. Anthony's, Christina has been involved in numerous extracurricular activities including choreographing the spring musicals and coaching Varsity Kickline. She has chaperoned a dozen pilgrimages to Europe for over one hundred choral and orchestra performers. She served as the Internal Coordinator for the school's Middle States Evaluation in Fall 2010.
Roger Célestin (Ph.D. 1989)
Co-Chair of French and Francophone Studies programs, University of Connecticut
Roger Célestin is Professor of French and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of From Cannibals to Radicals: Figures and Limits of Exoticism and co-editor of Beyond French Feminisms. He is co-founder and co-editor of Contemporary French and Francophone Studies: SITES. [Bio via MacMillan.] In 2007, Roger published France from 1851 to the Present: Universalism in Crisis (Palgrave MacMillan), co-authored with Eliane DalMolin.
Chadia Samadi Chambers (Ph.D. 2012)
Assistant Professor of French, Augustana College
Licence de Lettres Modernes, Université Stendhal Grenoble III, France Licence des Arts du Spectacle, Université Stendhal Grenoble III, France Master's of Arts in European Comparative Literary Studies, University of Kent, Canterbury, U.K.
Chadia's dissertation examined the emergence in contemporary texts of the Paris massacre of Algerians of October 17, 1961, exploring the role of literary and cinematic narratives in the construction of collective memory of the massacre. While at CUNY, she presented several papers throughout North America and Europe on topics such as: le héros politique dans le théatre de Kateb Yacine (at New York University); research on the use of the short story (at the 2010 NeMLA convention in Montréal); and the importance of the Singer Sewing machine (at the "Women in French" Colloquium at Wagner College). In 2011, she also presented research at the Centre d'Histoire Sociale et de l'Islam Méditerrranéen at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes des Sciences Sociales in Paris.
Carole Fabre (Ph.D. 2007)
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Baruch College and New York University
Consultant, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
Carole has taught French and literature in translation at Baruch College since 2000 and at New York University since 2006. She has also served as a consultant for ACTFL since 2012.
Glenn Fetzer (Ph.D. 1988)
Department Head, New Mexico State University
Glenn Fetzer continues to write on contemporary poetry. Recent articles include “Interroger la langue, dépister la maladie: écriture et médecine chez Lorand Gaspar,” in Lublin Studies in Modern Languages and Literatures 2014; “Tahar Bekri ou l’éthique du nomadisme,” in Nouvelles Francographies (2013); “Jardins et enclos : énonciation et construction de l’espace dans Connaissance de l’Est,” in Études romanes de Brno (2013); and “Lorand Gaspar: poésie à la rencontre des sciences neurocognitives,” in French Forum (2013).
Jean François (Ph.D. 2004)
Assistant Professor at York College
Jeanne Fuchs (Ph.D. 1977)
Professor Emerita in the Department of Comparative Literatures and Languages, Hofstra University
Jeanne Fuchs has worked as a consultant to the Dean of Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She has presented a paper entitled, "Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Native Son," in Vevey, Switzerland at the 7th International F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference, June 27-July 3, 2004.
Katherine Galvagni (Ph.D. 2009)
French Teacher at South Mecklenburg High School and Adjunct Faculty in French, Francophone, and Italian Studies at Charleston College
Cara Gargano (Ph. D. 1995)
Chair, Department of Theatre, Film, Dance and Arts Management
Professor of Theatre and Dance
Long Island University (C.W. Post Campus)
Cara Gargano is chair of the Department of Theatre, Film, Dance and Arts Management and Professor of dance and theatre at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. As a dancer, she studied at the New York School of Ballet under Richard Thomas and Barbara Fallis, and later taught at the school. She has performed with US Terpsichore Co, the Empire State Ballet, Garden State Ballet, Arlington Dance Theatre, the Upstate Repertory Theatre and the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Her concert choreography for Cara Gargano Dance Co. has received warm reviews from The New York Times and has been presented in Europe as well as in the United States. As a stage director and choreographer, she has worked in theatre, opera and musical comedy at the Delaware Valley Opera, Bel Canto Opera and Riverside Shakespeare Theatre. She holds a Ph.D. in French language and literature from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center and has published in both English and French in Modern Drama, Reliologiques, Dance Research Journal, Theatre Research International and New Theatre Quarterly. She has provided chapters for several books including “Mythes dans la littérature contemporaine d’expression française,” “Réécritures des mythes: utopie au feminine,” “Réécritures de Madeleine Monette,” “Anne-Marie Alonzo: Collection d’essais,” and most recently, “Hermes-Aphrodite Encounters.” She has translated several plays from the French that have been produced in New York and Ohio. A member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the National Association of Schools of Dance, the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the Modern Language Association and the Society for Dance History Scholars, she is a past president of the Congress on Research in Dance and serves as a choreography peer reviewer for the National Dance Association Promotion and Tenure Initiative.
Sara Hanaburgh (Ph. D 2012)
Assistant Professor of French, St. John’s University
B.A., French, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
M. Phil., CUNY Graduate Center
Areas of Specialization: African literatures and cinemas, human rights, globalization studies, constructions of racial and ethnic identities, literary translation
Sara’s work focuses on artistic responses to contemporary globalization in the sub-Saharan African francophone novel and film. Her most recent publications include The Fury and Cries of Women, U of Virginia P, CARAF Books, 2014, an English translation of the late Gabonese author Angèle Rawiri’s 1989 novel, Fureurs et cris de femmes. Articles forthcoming include “Decentering Dominant Narratives of Capital: Women and the Feminine Body in African Francophone Novels of the 1980s” and “Voices of Global Africa: Reconsidering Sissako’s Bamako.” Her most recent presentations include “African Vernaculars of Post-Millenial Capitalism,” Columbia U, March 8 2014, “The Humanities, Globalization and African Studies: Forging Dialogue across the Disciplines,” Annual Meeting of African Studies Association, Philadelphia, March 2012, and an invited lecture “African Immigration in France: 1945-2010,” St. John’s University, March 2013. She is currently co-translating Boubacar Boris Diop’s Kaveena (2006), forthcoming from Indiana UP, 2015. Sara has taught at Fordham University, Universidade de Brasília, and Brooklyn College. She currently teaches French and Francophone literature at St. John's University.
Jarrod Hayes (Ph.D. 1996)
Professor of French and Francophone Studies, University of Michigan
Jarrod Hayes' recent publications include a book: Queer Nations: Marginal Sexualities in the Maghreb. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000) and numerous articles, including: “Créolité’s Queer Mangrove.” Music, Writing and Cultural Unity in the Caribbean. Ed. Timothy J. Reiss. (Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2005) 307–322; “Queer Resistance to (Neo-)colonialism in Algeria.” Postcolonial, Queer: Theoretical Intersections. Ed. John C. Hawley. (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001) 79–97.
His most recent invited lectures are: “Soyinka’s Queer Interpreters.” Comparative Postcolonialities Conference. University of Pittsburgh, 28 October 2005, and “Scandals and Lies: Sapho’s Un mensonge and the Truth about Roots.” Duke University, NC, Durham, February 13, 2004.
Desmond Hosford (Ph.D. 2013)
Director, Foundation for French and Francophone Musical Culture at the Graduate Center, CUNY
In addition to a Ph.D. in French Desmond holds a Ph.D., Musicology. He is an editor at the Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale at the Graduate Center and enjoys teaching French as a lecturer at Hunter College. Desmond's publications include: Fortune & Fatality: Performing the Tragic in Early Modern France (1553-1715) (ed. with Charles Wrightington, 2008), French Orientalism: Culture, Politics, and the Imagined Other (ed. with Chong J. Wojtkowski, 2010), "Uneasy Anthropocentrism: Cartesianism and the Ethics of Species Differentiation in Seventeenth-Century France" (JAC, 2010), "Anthropomorphic Terror: The Bête-Machine, the Ballet de Cour, and the Tragédie en Musique" (Music and Art, 2009), "'Regnorum Ruina': Cleopatra and the Oriental Menace in Early French Tragedy" (French Orientalism, 2010), "Reigning Women, Crushed Women: Duty, Glory, and Suicide in the Tragedies of Philippe Quinault" (Formes et formations au dix-septième siècle, ed. Buford Norman, 2006), "The Queen's Hair: Marie-Antoinette, Politics, and DNA" (Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2004), and the articles "Marie-Antoinette," "Opera," and "Queering Royalty" in The Gale Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender (ed. Fedwa Malti-Douglas, 2007). Desmond directed and performed in the American premiere of Jean Racine's Bajazet, a full production featuring 17th-century tragic gesture, staging, costume, and music. As a harpsichordist, he has directed performances of 17th- and 18th-century vocal and instrumental music with his period instruments ensemble, La Musique de la Reine, including a full production of Jean-Baptiste Lully's Armide.
Claire Keith (Ph.D. 1993)
Associate Professor of French; Coordinator of French Studies & Global Studies
Awards & Honors: 2000-2004 Federal FIPSE grant ($250 000). Project: "From High-School to College and Beyond: A Technology-Supported Mentoring Project in Foreign Languages and Foreign Cultures Instruction"
Publications: "Pilgrims in a Toxic Land: Writing the Trenches of the Great War". (French Literature Series, vol. XXXIX. 2012, Rodopi. New York) . - "La mission tourna mal: un ethnographe écrit sa guerre" (Nouvelles Etudes Francophones, Fall 2009) - " 'L'Usage du monde' and its usages" (Dalhousie French Studies,Vol.86, Spring 2009) - "Below Deck: Women Travelers in O'Brian's Navy" (Astrolabe, Paris Sorbonne, Vol.21,Fall 2008)
Research Interests: Relation between literature and historiography. Theory & pedagogy of globalization. French Cultural Studies. All aspects of travel literature. Ecocriticism. Technology in Modern Languages & Cultures pedagogy.
Conferences & Workshops: "L'apprentissage du français devient-il multilingue?" 128th MLA Annual Convention,Boston, 5-8 January 2013. - " Le voyage francophone en 2012 : écrivains, lecteurs, critiques " 26th International Conference of CIEF. Thessaloniki, Greece,10-16 june 2012 - "Language vs lingua Franca: the case of French Studies" & Panel Chair for "What is the future of French in French Studies?", 127th MLA Annual Convention,Seattle, 4-8 January 2012 - "Pilgrims in a Toxic Land: French Testimonial Literature of the Great War", 39th French Literature Conference. University of South Carolina, Columbia, March 17-18 2011. - "Repenser les études francophones", 24nd International Conference of the C.I.E.F , Montreal, July 2010 - "If Faculty Are Running It, Is It a Lab?" NERALLT Spring 2009 Conference "Looking Back, Looking Forward". Trinity College, Hartford, CT, April 24, 2009. - "Le Guide du Routard: A Claim for a 'Voyage-monde'?" (conference "Littérature-monde: New Wave or New Hype?" Winthrop-King Institute of Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Florida State U.,Tallahassee.Feb 11-14 2009) - "Comment peut-on être européenne? Un voyage en Orient au XXIe siècle", 22nd International Conference of the C.I.E.F, Limoges, July 2008 - "Invoking Lawrence in Current Affairs" (8th T.E. Lawrence Symposium, Huntington Research Library, San Marino, CA,Nov. 2007)
Affiliations: - CIEF ,Conseil International D'Etudes Francophones ( Executive Director 2009-2012, Advisory 2012-13) - CRLV (Centre de Recherches sur la Littérature de Voyage, Paris-Sorbonne- T.E. Lawrence Society - NERALLT (New England Association for Language Learning & Technology) - AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) - MLA (Modern Language Association)
Donna Kuizenga (Ph.D. 1974)
Dean of College of Liberal Arts and Member of the Board of Visitors, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Donna Kuizenga's recent publications include a book: Madame de Villedieu (Marie-Catherine Desjardins), Memoirs of the Life of Henriette-Sylvie de Molière: A Novel. The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe, Margaret L. King and Albert Rabil Jr., Eds. (Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2004).
Ruth Lipman (Ph.D. 2014)
B.A., English, SUNY at Stony Brook
M.L.S., Library Science, Pratt Institute
M.A., Education and Reading, New York University
After completing her dissertation, entitled “The Journey Back: Revisiting Childhood Trauma,” Ruth was hired to teach French at the Graduate Center Language Institute. In her spare time, she enjoys music and gardening.
Catherine Liu (Ph.D. 1994)
Director, University of California Irvine (UCI) Humanities Center, Film & Media Studies
Professor, Film & Media Studies, UCI School of Humanities
Catherine Liu's publications include two books: The American Idyll: Academic Anti-Elitism as Cultural Critique (University of Iowa Press, 2011) and Copying Machines: Taking Notes for the Automaton (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000).
She has also published numerous scholarly articles and essays, including "Hou Hsiao hsien's The Flight of the Red balloon (2007) and D.W. Winnicot," in Pyschoanalytic Pscyhology (June, 2011); "American Intellectual Traditions: The Demand for Relevance and the Crisis of the Humanities," in the Western Humanities Review (Fall 2008: pp. 34-57); “Art Escapes Criticism or Adorno’s Museum,” in Cultural Critique (Volume 60. Spring 2005: 217-244); "To Catch a Falling Star: Political Ambiguity or Jacques Lacan Meets Andy Warhol," in the Cambridge Companion to Lacan (Cambridge University Press, 2002); and "Getting to the Photo-Finish: Photography, Autobiography, Modernity," in The Medium, ed. Andrew McNamara and Peter Krapp. (special edition of South Atlantic Quarterly, 2002).
Alison Baird Lovell (Ph.D. 2005)
Visiting Professor, Tulane University
Alison Baird Lovell is completing a monograph entitled The Shadow of Dante in Maurice Scève’s Poetry. Her most recent article is “La Délie de Maurice Scève et le fond poétique italien du Commentaire sur le Banquet de Platon [De amore] de Marsile Ficin,” (Le Verger, December 2012, included in the bibliography on Scève’s Délie for the 2013 Agrégation in France). She has also published on Pierre Boaistuau and Gabriel Bounin. Scholarly interests include French lyric poetry, literary imitation, Dante and Petrarch, humanism, evolving views of women, mysticism, and early modern orientalism. [Bio via Tulane University.]
Arta Lucescu-Boutcher (Ph.D. 1998)
Professor of French, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Dr. Arta Lucescu-Boutcher is presently working as Professor of French at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her book, Rediscovering Benjamin Fondane, was published by Peter Lang in New York City in 2002. In 2006 she presented a paper on "Benjamin Fondane and Existential thought" at the "Conseil International d'Etudes Francophones" in Sibiu, Romania.
In 2005 she received a summer fellowship from "Société des professeurs français et francophones en Amérique" in order to pursue Francophone studies at Université Laval in Quebec. She is presently completing a Master's degree in Spanish literature at Middlebury College in Vermont.
Rebecca Linz O'Laughlin (Ph.D. 2013)
Coordinator of Graduate Writing, Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, New York)
Rebecca Linz O'Laughlin completed her dissertation, entitled "Maternités et Identités: Representations of Motherhood and National Identity in Literary Texts of Quebec" in 2013. She has worked in an administrative role at Sarah Lawrence College since 2010, where she also teaches French classes for children. As a graduate student, she taught French language and literature courses, including writing-intensive courses and graduate courses, as an adjunct instructor at Manhattan School of Music, Fordham University, St. John's University and Queens College. Additionally, she held a two-year position as a Writing Fellow at Queensborough Community College. She has presented papers on French and Francophone women's writings at conferences in the United States, Canada and Scotland, and she has published several articles, including a translation.
Mario Macaluso (Ph.D. 1976)
Director, Student Teaching Program of World Languages, SUNY at Stony Brook
Mario Macaluso has published a book, Prickly Pears and Oleanders (Authorhouse, 2002).
Sophie Maríñez (Ph.D. 2010)
Assistant Professor of French, CUNY, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Sophie Maríñez has won the 2012 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend award to complete a book entitled Building Subjects: Women, Castles, and Self-Construction in Early Modern France, which builds on her doctoral dissertation, a recipient of several grants, including the Carole & Morton Olshan Dissertation Fellowship, the Marandon Fellowship, the CUNY’s Doctoral Student Research Grant, and the 2009-2010 Carolyn G. Heilbrun Dissertation Prize awarded by the Women’s Studies Certificate Program. Sophie has published several articles and presented her research at numerous national and international conferences, including, most recently, the Renaissance Society of America (Washington, D.C, March 2012, San Diego, 2013), and the Modern Languages Association (Los Angeles, January 2011). She has also been invited to give lectures on her research at Vassar College (2011), where she was a visiting faculty from 2010 to 2012, and the Graduate Center of City University of New York (2010). At BMCC, she is directing a Study Abroad program in partnership with the Université de Nantes. She is also the advisor of the French Club and a founder of the student-led French literary magazine Échos du Tout-Monde. Dr. Maríñez's poem "Carnival Day in Santo Domingo" was published in the February 2015 issue of Small Axe Salon, along with photographs of the Carnival by renown Dominican photographer Mariano Hernández.
Dana Milstein (Ph.D. 2014)
Learning Initiatives Specialist to the Humanities, Yale University
After defending her dissertation on Théophile Gautier and music, Dana was hired by Yale University. In her interdisciplinary role as part of the Academic Technologies Department, she assists professors with projects and courses that actively integrate technology, providing training, support, and assistance with institutional partnerships and grantseeking.
Binita Mehta (Ph.D. 1997)
Professor of French and Director of the International Studies Program, Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York
Binita Mehta teaches a variety of courses in French language, literature, culture, and film, teaches courses in the First Year Program, and has taught a course on the literature and film of the South Asian diaspora in the Castle Scholars Program, the Honors Program at Manhattanville College. Her book, Widows, Pariahs, and "Bayadères": India as Spectacle, was published by Bucknell University Press in 2002. She has also published several articles and book chapters on French literature and film and South Asian diasporic literature and film. Her most recent research and writing has been on Francophone comic books, or bandes dessinées. Two recent publications include a chapter, "A Reluctant Migrant in Paris: Malamine: un Africain à Paris," in the book, Metropolitan Mosaics and Melting Pots: Paris and Montreal in Francophone Literatures, eds. Pascal De Souza and H. Adlai Murdoch (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013). Another essay, "Visualizing Postcolonial Africa" in La Vie de Pahé, was published in December 2013 in the bilingual Canadian online journal Alternative Francophone.
Patrice Mothion (Ph.D. 1996)
Associate Professor and Chair of the French Department, Centre College
At George Mason University, where Patrice taught prior to joining Centre College in 2001, Dr. Mothion led students on the school's study abroad program to Strasbourg. Recently, Patrice featured among the "Best 300 Professors" list compiled by Princeton Review Books and RateMyProfessor.com.
Pamela Park (Ph.D. 1979)
Professor of French, Department of Languages and Literatures, Idaho State University
Pamela Park is Executive Director of the National French Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi.
Marie-Ange Payet (Ph.D. 2009)
Acting Director, International Programs, Hollins University
Marie-Ange recently published Les femmes dans le marronnage à l’Île de la Réunion de 1662 à 1848 (L'Harmattan, 2013), a study of gender and slavery in the historiography of l'Île de la Réunion.
Laila Pedro (Ph.D. 2013)
Laila is currently Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Rail, a monthly journal of visual arts, culture, and politics. She has headed communications and publications strategies for Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York and the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach.
Stève Puig (Ph.D. 2012)
Assistant Professor of French, St. John's University
Stève Puig is currently an Assistant Professor of French at St John's University in New York. He is working on Francophone Caribbean writers and urban literature. He has presented papers on Aimé Césaire, René Maran, Orientalism, littérature-monde, Louis-Philippe Dalembert and other contemporary Haitian writers. He has published articles in Formules, The Journal of Haitian Studies, the Encyclopedia of the Middle Passage, Nouvelles Francographies, and Expressions Maghrébines. His most recent publications include an article for Présence Francophone and an interview with Catherine Cusset for the French Review.
Animesh Rai (Ph.D. 2007)
Animesh has published a book entitled: The legacy of French Rule in India (1674-1954) : an Investigation of a Process of Creolization (Pondicherry : French Institute of Pondicherry, 2008).
Alicia Bralove Ramirez (Ph.D. 2008)
Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages
Bronx Community College of the City of New York
In 2013, Professor Ramirez published The Representation of Women in Ten French Novels on the Spanish Civil War: A Critical Approach.
Amalia Rechtman (Ph.D. 2005)
Assistant Professor, Queensborough Community College
Amalia Rechtman is currently in Paris, where she teaches courses at the Institut Universitaire d'Etudes Juives Elie Weisel.
Her publications include: Child Survivors of the Holocaust : Literature, Trauma, Memory. Ed. Insitute for Holocaust Studies Series (2006), and American Writers, Child Holocaust Survivors and the representation of the War Experience and its impact on their Lives and Work. Ed. Université Paris X - Nanterre (October 2006).
In October of 2006 she presented at a colloquium organised by the University of Paris X-Nanterre's Anglo-American Studies program. Her presentation was entitled, "Reflet des difficultés des survivants de la Shoah en Israel dans leurs oeuvres littéraires."
Angèle Renard (M. Phil.)
B.A., Universite de Haute Bretagne (France)
M.A., Universite de Haute Bretagne (France)
M.Phil., The Graduate Center, CUNY
Angèle Renard is currently Language Teacher/Chair at Ethical Culture Fieldston Middle School, which serves approximately 1,700 students in four divisions in midtown Manhattan on Central Park West and on an 18-acre campus in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. She operates an in-progress Google Site as a French teacher, which can be visited here.
Joseph Rienti (Ph.D. 2013)
Director of International and Study Abroad Programs, Fordham University
B.A., International Political Economy and French, Fordham University
M.A., Humanities and Sciences, Fordham University
In April 2014, Joe participated in a seminar entitled “Discourses of Food from the -century to the Inter-War period,” organized by the Henri Peyre French Institute at the 19th Graduate Center. The seminar was the first in a series on “Food and Foodstuffs in the French and Francophone Worlds.”
Noelle Rouxel-Cubberly (Ph.D. 2009)
Faculty member and Director of the Graduate Language School at Bennington College
Noelle Rouxel-Cubberly is back at the Isabelle Kaplan Center for Languages and Culture after 12 years at the City University New York. She completed her PhD at CUNY's Graduate Center and served as an Assistant Professor and Acting Coordinator of the French Program at the College of Staten Island (CUNY). Involved in the education of French teachers at the Graduate Center, she also developed an internship program for CSI students in a French dual-language program at PS58, a Brooklyn elementary school. Her most recent publications include a chapter on Claire Denis's opening sequences as well as articles on film and pedagogy, such as "The Film Trailer Project: French Films as Textbooks." She also published a book, Les titres de film(2011) which examines the economics and evolution of French film titles since 1968. Over the last 15 years, she has also worked as a translator and linguistic coach for two US biotech companies. Her current projects include an article, "University and Elementary school students learning (French) together" and the publication of a XIXth-century literary correspondence. Rouxel-Cubberly was a visiting faculty member from 1997-2001 and joined the Bennington faculty in fall 2013.
Maria-Luisa Ruiz (Ph.D. 2005)
Assistant Professor of French and Spanish, Medgar Evers College
Maria-Luisa's research focuses on literature and cultural connections between France and its colonies at the beginning of the 20th century, and contemporary Francophone women writers. She is the author of two books: Parole d’Alberta (2001, poetry) and Là où elle devient Méla (2004, novella).
She is the cofounder of Rivarticollection (see web site at www.rivarticollection.com), the publishing branch of a nonprofit organization that promotes Francophone books and writers in the US.
Maria-Luisa's recent professional activities include co-authoring a play that was presented at the Avignon Theater Festival in July 2006.
Her most recent publications include "La Proclamation d’indépendance haïtienne : fiction et matrice littéraire", forthcoming in the next issue of La Revue de recherche haïtiano-Antillaise, Paris, l’Harmattan, and
“Redefining the Concept of God : A Review of Yván Silén’s La Muerte de Mamá" in Calabash, A Journal of Caribbean Arts and Letters, 3:2 (Fall-Winter 2005).
Her most recent conference presentations include a paper given at the March 2007 NEMLA Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, entitled "La maison, la voiture et l’enfant: mondes de Duras, Duras de tous les mondes."
She participated in a panel entitled "Difficult subjects: Caribbean Women Writers on Power and Abuse" at the CUNY Conference on the African Presence and Influence on the Cultures of the Americas, hosted by Hostos College, in November of 2006.
In May of 2005, she was the invited presenter of Yván Silén’s novel La Muerte de mamá at Lectorum, a Spanish language bookstore in Manhattan. Also in May of 2005, Maria-Luisa participated in the round table on Haitian literature at the Haitian book fair at York College, where she read some excerpts from her book Là où elle devient Méla.
Charline Sacks (Ph.D. 1984)
Professor Emerita of French,
Department of Foreign Languages,
Nassau Community College
Charline Sacks has presented a paper entitled, "Focus on Strategies for Adult Learners" at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Washington, April 2003). She is now professor Emerita at Nassau Community College.
Sophie Saint-Just (Ph.D. 2013)
Visiting Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Cultures, Williams College
Sophie previously taught at Fordham University while completing her dissertation, entitled Sa Nou Yé: Filmmaking Practices as Formulations of Identity in Haiti, Guadeloupe, and Martinique from 1976 to 2011, which considers the emergence of filmmaking practices in Haiti and in the French Caribbean, interpreting the ways in which Haitian and French Caribbean collective and individual identities are reframed by the film medium in a series of films made between 1976 and 2011.
Frances Santiago (Ph.D. 1998)
Chair, Department of Humanities,
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
Frances Santiago has published an article, "Cinéma Antillais: Cine en las Antillas Francesas-Guadeloupe y Martinique."Sargasso, 2 (2003-2004) 89-105.
John Sorrentino (Ph.D. 2013)
Post-Doctoral Digital Learning Fellow, Macaulay Honors College of CUNY
John's primary focus outside of André Gide and French Studies is in Educational Technology and the Digital Humanities, and his interdisciplinary work includes extensive experience with both instructional technology and writing pedagogy across several disciplines, including art history, sociology, business, and the sciences. As a Post-Doctoral Digital Learning Fellow John is working with the Instructional Technology Fellows (ITF) and the Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Technology.
Previously, John worked for three years at Brooklyn College as an ITF for Macaulay, before joining the Macaulay central team as a Senior IT Fellow. He served as a Multimedia/Technology Associate at Macauley as well before beginning his current post-doctoral position.
Nicole Beth Wallenbrock (Ph.D. 2012)
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Nicole Beth Wallenbrock researches French film, and particularly its relationship to contemporary politics. The French Review published her article, "Awakening from the Algerian War: Mon colonel" in October 2011. She wrote a chapter in Lost and Othered Children in Contemporary Cinema (Lexington Books), “The Ideal Immigrant is a Child: Michou d’Auber and the Politics of Immigration in France” and her chapter, "An apology for French torturers: L'ennemi intime", in Cinema as scaffold: Re-inscribing the Tortured Body (Palgrave-Macmillan) is forthcoming. Before taking a position at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in August, 2014, Nicole taught French at Hunter College and Film at City College of CUNY.
Adelia Williams (Ph.D. 1989)
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Pace University
Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures, Pace University
Adelia Williams has been at Pace University since 1989, serving as Chairperson of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures for eight years, before becoming Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. As Associate Dean, she directed the implementation and assessment of the Core Curriculum, and oversaw academic departments in the Liberal Arts, Sciences and Fine and Performing Arts. In January 2014, she was appointed Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. In this role she is responsible for faculty relations, support, and evaluation; the University Libraries; and strategic planning.
Dean Wilson (Ph.D. 2007)
Consultant to the Film Studies Program
Vietnam National University, Hanoi
In the 1990s Dean worked in cinema and television production with director Ang Lee and producers James Schamus and Ted Hope at the influential company Good Machine (Ice Storm, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) based in New York City. His doctoral dissertation research led him to the national film archives in Hanoi, where soon he was consulting for the Ford Foundation’s multi-tiered Vietnam cinema and television initiative. Since 2005, he has mentored the careers of over 160 graduates from an academic program he designed at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Hanoi. In October 2011, he started consulting for USAID and the Motion Picture Association of America. His next research publication will appear in the forthcoming Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Documentary. His current research program includes an essay on Vichy-era French colonial newsreels scheduled to appear in the forthcoming book Colonial documentary in Southeast Asia. He is also a certified ESL instructor under the Cambridge system.
Anne E. Witte (Ph.D. 1992)
Professor Culture and Communication
EDHEC Grande Ecole
Master of Science in Arts & NGO’s
Assistant Dean, Intercontinental Track Programmes, EDHEC Business School, Nice – France
Anne E. Witte has held a position as Professor of Culture and International Communication at EDHEC Business School, France since 1991. Her research and writing address questions in cross cultural psychology, cultural history, literature, anthropology, international communication and critical thinking. She serves as Assistant Dean for offshore projects involving exchanges between business schools in New York, Beijing, and Nagoya and EDHEC Grande Ecole, France.
Anne has recently published a book entitled Past and Future Culture (BookSurge Publishing, 2010).
Carnia Yervasi (Ph.D. 1995)
Associate Professor of French
Ph.D, City University of New York Graduate School and University Center, French and Certificate in Film Studies
M.Phil., City University of New York Graduate School and University Center, French
B.A., Hofstra University, French
Professor Yervasi is an expert in the history and theory of French and Francophone African cinema. Her primary research focuses on protest cultures, political modernism, and post-1968 films from France, Belgium, and Switzerland, including the work of Godard, Akerman, and Tanner.
In addition to French language and literature courses, Professor Yervasi teaches the French New Wave and Introduction to Francophone African Cinema film courses. She is interested in engaging theoretical approaches to memory, gender, and space and has published articles in Postmodern Culture, Film & History, and SITES.