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Jacquelyn Libby
Ph.D. 2017
B.A., French, University of Sussex, England
M.Phil., French, The Graduate Center, CUNY
 
Dissertation: “Albert Camus’s Mediterraneanism in La Peste.

Jacquelyn Libby earned her BA in French and European Studies from the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. She was a Dissertation Fellow from 2015-16 at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research interests include Albert Camus, French colonial Algeria, Mediterranean Studies, Borders and Borderlands, Social constructs of identity & Cultural Intersectionality. 
 
In 2012 she presented a paper entitled “A Menorquín French Algerian Reassessed by an American-Haitian: A new reading of Albert Camus by Edwidge Danticat” at The Department of French Studies Graduate Conference at Louisiana State University. In 2013 she attended the Colloque International Albert Camus à Boise, Idaho, “Topographie et Toponymie”, where she presented her paper “The World in front of his house: Metonymy in Albert Camus's Noces à Tipasa.” In March 2014 she gave a paper entitled “The trans-Mediterranean World of Albert Camus” at The American Comparative Literature Association Conference, “Capitals”, which was held at New York University, NY.


She has extensive teaching experience having taught French, as a Graduate Teaching Fellow, at Queens College CUNY from 2006-2010. She has also taught at Hunter College and Baruch College, CUNY and Fordham University.
 
Her publications include, “Tipasa and le monde: Metonymic Displacement in ‘Noces à Tipasa’ A Writer's Topography: Space and Place in the Life and Works of Albert Camus. Ed. Jason Herbeck Jason and Vincent Grégoire. Boston: Brill, 2015. Print. A translation from French into English of Les Quatrains du Déiste in The Philosophical Forum A Quarterly Volume XLII, No. 4, Winter 2011 and a translation from French into English of an Archaeological guide to Durrës, Albania, Artemis à Dyrrhachion: Guides de Durres 1. 2010.
 

Paula DelBonis-Platt
Ph.D. 2016

Dissertation: “Crossing Boundaries: The Transnational Third Space of Contemporary Chinese Francophone Writers.”
She is a full professor in the Department of English & Foreign Languages within the Community College System of New Hampshire and received the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in May 2015. She chairs the convocation team at NHTI—Concord’s Community College, serves on the CIHE accreditation team on student success and retention, and assists the service learning, distance learning, and teaching-and-learning teams. Paula piloted telecommunications application software in online foreign language courses, and she has twice presented at Pedagogy and Technology conferences in NH. She has also presented on her M.A. thesis work at Brown University’s Equinox Conference. Paula has also taught at the Université de Bourgogne and at the University of Montana where she received an M.A. She spent eight years working at St. Martin’s Press and has worked as a freelance editor and copyeditor. She has worked on such titles as Imagining the Sacred Past: Hagiography and Power in Early Normandy (Herrick, Harvard UP); The Complete Jewish Guide to France (Kamins, SMP); The Richer, The Poorer (West, Anchor); Eastern Europe: A Traveler’s Companion (Méras, Mariner); and Frantz Fanon (Macey, SMP). She has established a service-learning program for college students to gain practical language experience by assisting Francophone refugees in ESOL classes.



Paul Fadoul,
Ph.D 2016

Lecturer,  Queens College CUNY

Dissertation Title: " How to Be a French Jew, Proust, Lazare,Glissant."
Paul Joseph Fadoul is a recipient of the Randolph L. Braham Dissertation Award for the 2014-15 Academic Year. He has published a translation piece in International Journal of Francophone Studies, 13 (3&4), February 2011 and the article on Haitian author Pierre-Richard Narcisse for the website île-en-île. His Master’s Thesis for Queens College was on Balzac’s Illusions Perdues and titled L’Échec prédestiné de Lucien Chardon.

In addition to the modern and post-modern, Paul’s areas of interest include the Caribbean, the Middle East and West Africa and reflect his life experiences. Until 2007, he lived and worked in industry and commerce in Haiti, West Africa, Lebanon, New York and Paris where he became familiar with the cultures and lifestyles of the French-speaking world. Born and raised in Haïti, he is fluent in French and Creole and speaks Spanish.

Stephanie Grace Petinos
Ph.D 2016

 B.A., French Literature, Lehigh University
 M.A., French Language and Civilization, NYU
 M.Phil., French, The Graduate Center, CUNY

 Dissertation: "Holiness: The Contribution of Eleven Vernacular Narrative Texts from the 12th to the 14th Centuries." 
Stephanie was a Dissertation Fellow at the Graduate Center (2014-2015), which enabled her to write and present conference papers at the University of Winchester, UCLA, and the 2015 MLA convention in Vancouver. In the Spring, she was invited to present a paper as the Graduate Center representative at the Medieval Studies Inter-University Doctoral Consortium (IUDC) Annual Graduate Student Colloquium hosted at Fordham University.
 
Stephanie served as a Mellon Committee for the Study of Religion Fellow (2015-2016) and an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College, where she teaches a language and an advanced culture course. At the 2016 MLA convention in Austin, TX she will present a paper, "Food as Spiritual Vehicle: the sturgeon in Le Roman de la Manekine." She has a forthcoming article, "The Ecology of Relics in Philippe de Remi's Le Roman de la Manekine," that will appear in an edited collection of works entitled "Medieval Ecocriticisms" (Amsterdam University Press 2017). a Dissertation Fellowship from the Graduate Center for her thesis, entitled Seeking Holiness—The Contribution of Eleven Vernacular Narrative Texts from the 12th to the 14th Centuries, Stephanie presented on "Women and the Search for Holiness: Eliduc" at the University of Winchester and on "Leprosy as locus of divine touch in Ami et Amile" at UCLA


Eric Lynch
Ph.D. 2016

Visiting Assistant Professor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
 
B.A. French and English, Rutgers University.
M. Phil. French, The Graduate Center, CUNY.
 
Eric Lynch’s dissertation, “Unidentified Verbal Objects: Contemporary French Poetry, Intermedia, and Narrative," centers on French experimental poetry from the 1980s to the present. His research interests include French poetry from the 19th century to the present, the contemporary French novel, intermedia studies, and critical theory. Recent publications include excerpts from his dissertation, such as “Olivier Cadiot, or A Portrait of the Artist as ‘Auto- Usine’” (L’Esprit créateur. 54.1 (2014): 86-99), and “Nathalie Quintane: “Nous,” le peuple” (Marges. 21 (2015): 96-105). He has also published poetic texts in French literary journals (Nioques. 12 (2013): 139-148).


Ashley Williard,
Ph.D. 2015
Assistant Professor of French Cultural Studies. University of South Carolina

 Dissertation title: "Engendering Islands: Representations of Difference in the Seventeenth-Century French Caribbean."

 Ashley Williard recently joined the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at University of South Carolina as Assistant Professor of French Cultural Studies. Her interdisciplinary research examines representations of difference in the early-modern French Atlantic world. Her current book project, entitled Engendering Islands, analyzes the ways missionaries, officials, and travelers deployed and transformed metropolitan tropes of femininity and masculinity in the seventeenth-century Antilles. Based on archival research in the Caribbean, France, and the United States, she has essays published or forthcoming in English and French.