Student and Alumni Highlights

Our multidisciplinary program has attracted students from all around the world with varied backgrounds that range beyond traditionally defined literary interests. These students add a different perspective to classroom discussions and make our program an intellectually vibrant place to study.

Recent alumni have secured teaching positions at Saint John’s University, Williams College, University of South Carolina, Bennington College, and Southern Methodist University. Our older alumni teach at Swarthmore College, University of California at Irvine, and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Other alumni hold administrative positions at Fordham University, and Hunter College (CUNY). A handful of our graduates have found successful careers outside of academia, in secondary education and publishing.

Meet our students and alumni

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Kameron Ackerman

B.M. Musical Theatre, University of Central Oklahoma
B.A. French, Spanish, and German, University of Central Oklahoma
M.S. Public Relations and Corporate Communications, New York University
M.F.A Screenwriting, University of California, Los Angeles
Languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian
Kameron is a fourth-year Ph.D. student interested in sub-Saharan African literature, 19th and 20th century literature, the history of the novel, narrative theory, and second language acquisition.  He is also interested in gender studies and immigration in the postcolonial French-speaking world.

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Angélique Aristondo

BA in Philosophy – Université François Rabelais, Tours
MA in Media Studies – Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, Lyon
PhD in French, CUNY - The Graduate Center (Expected in May 2021)

Research Interests: 

  • Romantic love, consent, and gender violence in 20th- and 21st-century French popular culture and literature.
  • French and Francophone literature and culture, gender studies, women’s writing, visual studies, the history of emotions, the First World War.
  • Language Pedagogy

Angélique Aristondo received her academic training in France, where she also worked as a journalist and a web editor. She started teaching French in 2012. She taught at Saint John’s University, Fordham University and Columbia University. She is now a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Hunter College. Her interests include WWI and WWII postwar cultural history, surrealism and second-language acquisition pedagogy.

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Chandra Balkaran

B.A., French, SUNY at Stonybrook
M.A., French, SUNY at Stonybrook

I am currently writing my PhD dissertation, “The Invisible ‘Third World’ woman remakes visible space: woman-authored cinema from France, India and the Maghreb’. Originating from an Indo-Caribbean diaspora, where Hindi was frequently spoken among adults at home, but only British English taught in schools, I learnt that our life’s experiences are first gathered from relationships to the Other. My education and experiences in Trinidad, New York & Paris took my learning beyond relationships & the classroom, putting me at the crossroads of questioning the way people are represented, especially those not having the power or means to represent. All questions of identity - subalternity, exclusion, caste-ism, displacement, deterritorialization, assimilation and silence - provide fertile ground for crossing frontiers in Indo-Franco-Maghrebi realms of cinema, but particularly from the POV of the Third worlded woman. “Third-World” women have long been excluded from center screen and space, and positioned in liminal, coded spaces — harems, brothels, ashrams, zawiyas, convents, or domestic space. Since spatial organization is integral to the production of the social, my thesis examines how spaces, from the domestic to the virtual, are reclaimed, redefined, and reformulated by women in politically engaged films made by “Third-World” women directors focused on “Third World” women. Please join me at my BlogSpot for more on such subjects at

Éric Benchemhoun

Langues Orientales, Sorbonne-Paris IV
B.A., Judaic Studies, Brooklyn College
M.A., French, Brooklyn College

Languages: French, Hebrew, and Yiddish

Areas of Interest: Renaissance and 20th century literature and culture; linguistic and cultural aspects of exile, especially how memories of native tongues and cultures are incorporated into new and/or adopted identities; also, the music of Éric Satie and the writings of Albert Camus, Gaston Blanchard, and Paul Ricoeur.

Born in Oran, Algeria, Éric grew up in Lyon, France, and studied in Montreux, Switzerland before embarking on the study of oriental languages at Paris IV Sorbonne. He came to New York with a JOINT scholarship awarded for his translation into French of a scholarly work on ancient architectural monuments. Éric earned a degree in Judaic studies at Brooklyn College and studied at a famous rabbinical school in New York. He has taught Hebrew, English, and French at different schools and organizations in New York and currently teaches French at Brooklyn College as a Graduate Teaching Fellow. Beyond university settings, Éric works as a rabbinical consultant in food production and completed an internship at Brooklyn Botanic Garden that led to a series of public presentations on multicultural incenses and fragrances.

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Chris Brandon

B.A., French and Comparative Literature, Illinois State University
M.A., French Literature, Tulane University
M.Phil., French, CUNY Graduate Center

Interests: 19th-21st century literature,visual/media poetics, games studies.

After doing some archival research in Paris, Chris is hard at work on his dissertation project that explores links between Stéphane Mallarmé’s object poetry and contemporary new media poetry. He has given papers on Mallarmé, kinetic poetry, and hysteria in early cinema among others. This year at the national MLA convention, he will participate in a roundtable on literary change and New Media. He holds the competitive Dissertation Year Fellowship, allowing him to focus on his research and writing. He has taught at Fordham University, Lehman College, and participated in an Instructional Technology Fellowship through Macaulay Honors College.

Wesley Doucette

Moved to New York in 2013, following his undergraduate studies in Art History and Theatre at Kent State University. While in the city he has worked in the theatre, assisting artists in cabaret spaces, stage managing across the US and assistant directing off Broadway productions. He has also been a frequent contributor to BroadwayWorld, where he writes on theatre history, opera, The New York City Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. In 2017 he moved to France to pursue his Master of Arts in théâtre et patrimoine at Avignon Université. While there he founded a theatre company with the university and took part in both the théâtre anglophone and the atelier chorégraphique. However, it was ultimately his experience and involvement with the city’s annual Festival d’Avignon as a journalist, playwright, and intern that lead him to further pursue his studies to the Doctorate level and is very excited to do so at CUNY. His research interests at this time include French dramatic institutions, metteur en scène culture and contemporary dramatic output.

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Iziar de Miguel

Iziar De Miguel studied Foreign Applied Languages and Translation at the École Supérieure de Traduction, Sorbonne-Nouvelle (MA). She is trilingual and worked as a professional editor and translator in Paris for 18 years. Iziar has been teaching French (and Spanish) since 2011 and currently teaches at Bernard Baruch College. She is currently working on the last chapters of her dissertation entitled “Detecting Texts in France and the Maghreb” where she explores the evolution of the detective novel, from 19 th century’s melodramas and feuilletons to contemporary adaptations of the genre by authors like Didier Daeninckx, Jean-Claude Izzo, Driss Chraïbi, Andrée Chédid, Virginie Despentes, Hannelore Cayre. Her last conference presentations include “ From feuilletons to romans policiers and to TV series: Forgotten Connections in Popular Culture ”, Maynooth University 2019) and “Du rap au roman policier : « Je suis français »” (Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, Oct. 2020.) Iziar’s interests include bilingual and transnational writers, post-colonial publishing, connections between food, the city and literature, cities in noir fiction, and women in crime fiction. She is a member of the International Crime Fiction Research Group.

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Shweta Deshpande

B.A. French literature, University of Pune, Pune
M.A. Translation and Interpretation, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
M.Phil. Translation Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Shweta worked as a translator for several years before entering the Ph.D. program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research interests include Francophonie, and the Indian Diaspora and Migration in 21st century France.

She has taught at the Alliance Française, and currently teaches French at Hunter College and at the Language Reading Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

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Ryan J. Evelyn

PhD Candidate, French
M.Phil., French
M.A., French & Francophone Studies, University of Connecticut
B.A., French & English, University of New Hampshire
Primary Research: textual materialism in witchcraft treatises of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries (Boguet, de Lancre, Bodin, Rémy) and the imaginative construction of the Witch’s Sabbath; witchcraft, magic, and demonology in the early modern period.
Secondary Research Interests: perception of women in 1960s and 1970s French mass media, especially magazines (Elle, Salut les copains, and Mademoiselle Âge Tendre).

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Fali Hasan Fezea Al Sudani

M.A. French Modern Criticism, University of Baghdad, College of Languages, Iraq, 1991
B.A. French Literature, University of Baghdad, College of Languages, Iraq, 2001

Falih has an interdisciplinary interest ranging from US-France knowledge transfer, Cultural studies, interdisciplinary studies, history of ideas, modern French criticism, to Iraqi intellectual history, ancient Arab history, modern Arab politics and journalism. Falih has worked as a journalist and was editor-in- chief of literary journals and daily newspapers in Baghdad, Iraq. He has translated a handful of books, published articles about Arab- West cultural and intellectual influences and Iraqi political and social contemporary scene. He published papers on the intellectual role of the French and western Christian missionaries to Iraq during the 17th and 19th century; and the intellectual transition stage after the 2003 US intervention in Iraq. He has received a fellowship of The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq, TAARII, 2012, and was a Visiting Scholar, Aramex grant for travel to the 2010 Middle East Studies Association annual meeting held in San Diego, USA. With GC fellowship, Falih hopes to improve his skills and to be an active member in the intellectual life in US.

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Micaela Healy

B.A. Politics, Marymount University, summa cum laude
Research Interests: Politics, theatre & performance art, translation, gender, and francophone literature
Micaela Healy received her B.A. in Politics from Marymount University with minors in French, International Studies, and Gender Studies. Micaela’s undergraduate thesis, “Thinking in Epigrams: Wicked and Western Political Philosophy” was awarded departmental honors and her undergraduate sociological study, “Tactical Submission in Lean In For Graduates,” was published in Magnificat and won her the Robert Reed Prize for nonfiction writing. She presented “Tactical Submission” as part of a panel on pop feminism at the Virginia Association of Communication Arts and Studies’ 2018 conference and also served as a panel moderator at the 2018 World Affairs Council national conference. In 2019 she worked with the Embassy Adoption Program in Washington, D.C. to promote cultural exchange and learning in elementary school students, partnering with over 80 embassies. Her current research highlights modern theatre, the political quality of art, and intercultural exchange.

Claudine E. Jean-Baptiste

M.A., French, Princeton University
Bryn Mawr’s Institut d’études d’Avignon
B.A., French and Italian, Hunter College

Claudine has a background in education. Her interests include quest of identity and bâtardise in Francophone literature, melodrama, specifically the representation of slavery and abolitionist discourse in nineteenth century popular theatre, French culture and civilization, particularly eighteenth century ideologies in regards to slavery and colonialism, as well as literary translation. She started teaching French as a graduate fellow in Princeton in 2002. Since Princeton, she has been working at Queensborough Community College (CUNY) as a lecturer for the past ten years and more recently at Nassau Community College (SUNY). She held previous teaching positions at St John’s University and Molloy College. Besides teaching, Claudine enjoys writing. She is currently working on two memoirs.

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Simon Kostelanetz

B.A. French and Physiological Sciences, Marquette University (2017)
Areas of Interest: Francophone postcolonial literature and theory

Simon is a third-year student in the French Department, specializing in Sub-Saharan postcolonial literature and theory.  He pursued a B.A. in French from Marquette University, earning it in 2017. He then taught for a year on La Réunion as part of the TAPIF program through the French Embassy. 

Simon has presented conference papers at the CUNY Department of Comparative Literature, the University of Kansas, as well at SUNY Albany.  He currently teaches at Baruch and City College.

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Elizaveta Lyulekina

B.A., Philosophy, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia
M.A., French, Brooklyn College, CUNY
Languages: English, French, Russian

Elizaveta Lyulekina is a PhD candidate in French. Her dissertation studies the influence of the Lyonnais poet Maurice Scève, active between 1535 and 1562, on the formation of literary genres and the development of French Renaissance poetry. It also explores the poet’s considerable contribution to the creation of French linguistic and cultural identity. Her general research interests include French Renaissance poetry, intertextuality in French Renaissance literature, Renaissance literary genres, Petrarch’s Latin writings and their reception in Renaissance France. Elizaveta has published articles and encyclopedia entries on Maurice Scève, François Rabelais, and Pernette Du Guillet. She has given talks and presented papers on Renaissance literature at several conferences including the Atelier franco-américain at Sorbonne University, the RSA Conference, the Sixteenth Century Society Conference and the ACMRS Conference. She currently teaches at Baruch College and NYU.

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Gabriel Maginier

PhD Candidate in French - City University of New York, The Graduate Center
MA in Teaching - Stony Brook University (SUNY) - Summa Cum Laude
MA in Arts - Université Lille 3, Charles de Gaulle - Summa Cum Laude
Research Interests:
- The history of the knowledge-power relationship in educational settings.

-   Pedagogy: Developing strategies to engage students in Second Language acquisition, cultural diversity and critical thinking.

-   Comparative Art and Literature: The rhythm in Pollock’s painting and Kerouac’s writing.
Gabriel Maginier graduated in Arts in France and created cultural projects for more than 10 years. He started teaching French after obtaining a Master in Education in New York. He is coming to the Graduate Center from the University of Connecticut where he was a Graduate Teaching Fellow in French Literatures, Cultures and Languages. Gabriel is interested in the history of education, its evolution, its transformation, and more particularly the construction of universalism. Does liberty of expression require the (re)production of rational thought\? His doctoral research will try to capture the contradictions of our institutions and of ourselves, to better understand the challenges of tomorrow.

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Amy Martin

B.A., French, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH
M.A., French, Hunter College, New York, NY
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Areas of Specialization: 17th Century, 20th/21st Century, Women's Studies, Children's Literature, Narratology, Adaptations

Amy is currently working on her dissertation, titled "Unnatural Issue: Gendered Adaptations of 'Peau d’âne' in Contemporary French and English Texts," which incorporates the study of fairy tales, adaptation, and incest narratives, among other subjects. Amy recently began working in academic publishing, serving as editorial assistant for the Literary Studies and Music & Sound Studies editors at Bloomsbury Academic in New York, NY.

Talla Mboup

Prior to pursuing his PhD, Talla Mboup received a master’s degree from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and an Advanced Certificate in African Studies from Columbia University. Also, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with distinction from the College of New Rochelle and a Bachelor of Arts in French studies from Hunter College. When Talla immigrated to America from Senegal, he spoke no English. During his undergraduate freshman year, he wrote all his papers in French and translated them into English using a French English Larousse dictionary. 

Currently, Talla is a first-year PhD student within the Department of French at The Graduate Center. His research interests center on the First World Festival of Negro Arts (Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres: "FESMAN ") 1966 in Dakar, Senegal where he will not only investigate Malraux's legendary speech but also offer an analysis of the liberating role of African art over modern art. In addition, he is currently an adjunct professor and a math tutor at Mercy College, teaching a diverse array of academic courses that gave him an extensive pedagogical experience.

As a detail minded, highly motivated individual, Talla promotes cross-cultural understanding and tolerance for everyone. He modernizes and implement methods of teaching across a variety of disciplines and puts in place a culture of learning that values mutual respect and responsibility, moral principles, and personal development to ensure successful student outcomes. Talla is deeply inspired and motivated by his traditional, and exceptionally gifted grandmother who was the most influential person in his life. He is fluent in French, English, Wolof, and intermediate in Spanish.

Armel Jovensel Ngamaleu

 B.A. in French and Francophone Studies, University of Douala
M.A. in French and Francophone Studies, University of Douala
M.Ed/DIPES in French Modern Letters, HTTC/ENS Bambili-University of Bamenda
M.S. in Marketing & Communication, ESSEC of Douala
Armel Jovensel Ngamaleu has been teaching French for eight years in secondary education and for three years in higher education. His research in a transdisciplinary perspective explores literature in its relationship with history, sociology, ecology, philosophy and psychoanalysis as well as arts (music, cinema and photography). With a particular interest in 20th-21st century French literature and postcolonial francophone literature from sub-Saharan Africa, his fields of research include: writings of the self, testimonial discourse, reception of scandalous women's self-fiction, poetics of sex(uality) and the body (''erography''), intoxicated writing (''toxicography''), festive novel, writers' media performance, (im)posture of writers, and literary marketing. Armel J. Ngamaleu is a member of some scientific and literary associations. Co-founder of ALIV (Association Livre Voyageur), he is also a literary columnist, poet and short story writer, winner of several awards since 2013, including the Prix Littéraire National Jeunes Auteurs 2017 and the Prix de la Semaine de la Francophonie 2018.

Andreea Preda 

obtained her master’s degree in Literary Studies at Complutense University of Madrid with a thesis on the interplay of self-representation strategies in the literary and photographic work of maverick artist Claude Cahun. She went on to study Arts Administration and Cultural Policy at Sorbonne Nouvelle University, after which she worked for several years in publishing and at different arts and cultural non-profits and institutions. Her research focuses on 20th- and 21st century autobiographical projects at the intersection of literature, theory, and the social sciences. Additional interests include documentary practices in literature and the visual arts, and social thought, specifically relating to the mechanics and representations of class.

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Ivana Prelevic

B.A., French Language and Literature, University of Montenegro, Faculty of Philology, Montenegro, 2014
Spec. Degree, French Language and Literature, University of Montenegro, Faculty of Philology, Montenegro, 2015
Certificate, La Découverte de l’Art Moderne et Contemporain à Paris, CEMÉA, Paris, France, 2015
M.A., French, Hunter College CUNY, New York, NY, 2018
Languages: Serbian, French, English, Spanish, Russian, Modern Greek, Latin, Finnish
Areas of Interest: Roman gothique; Gothic & Horror Literature; 19 th Century; Romanticism;
Symbolism; Décadence; Poetry (especially 19 th Century); Medieval; Theater of Tragedy;
Philosophy; 20 th Century; Comparative Literature (French-English-Yugoslav)

In 2014/2015, Ivana earned her B.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Montenegro (Faculty of Philology) in Niksic, Montenegro. Her thesis, entitled “La Dualité Dieu / Satan dans l’œuvre de Charles Baudelaire”, is one of her many contributions to the 19 th century romantic and symbolic thought, yet examined here from a philosophical aspect. In 2014, her poem “Mon Théâtre“ won the first-prize on a literary contest - Dix mots de la Francophonie, and a scholarship to attend a cultural program in Paris.
In 2016, she came to New York to pursue a M.A. in French. She finished her master studies in 2018 at Hunter College where she also won the Distinction in Graduate Studies Award, for excellence in the study of French. Some of her research papers are: “Le baiser de la mort : l’amour et la mort dans L’Heptaméron“ ; “Le Bestiaire dans Les Lais de Marie de France“ ; “La représentation du Temps dans Le Spleen de Paris“ ; “Mémoire (In)volontaire: Where Are the Memory Triggers in Baudelaire?“ ; “À rebours : Dandysme postromantique ou virilité décadente“ etc. She worked as a private French and Serbian Tutor, French Translations Editor in a major translation company and as a French Teacher at a private language center.  Working in a translation and localization industry instilled in her the desire to, one day, run her own translation business.
Ivana is excited to embark on a doctoral journey at the Graduate Center. She continues to write and research about roman gothique in French literature and 19th century literature, which are her main areas of interest. She currently teaches French at Hunter College. She also writes, mostly poetry, in all the languages that she speaks.

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Rebecca Raitses

M.A., Hunter College
B.A., The Evergreen State College

Rebecca Raitses is currently working on her dissertation proposal, the working title of which is Beyond the Familial: A New Approach to the Filiation Narrative in the Works of Dalila Kerchouche, Colombe Schneck and Martine Storti. She has presented on Franco-Ontarian poet Patrice Desbiens (“Life in Subtitles: The Poetry of Patrice Desbiens,” Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Nov. 2017) and written on Tony Gatlif for an anthology of French filmmakers (“Tony Gatlif doesn’t sit still for a portrait”). Rebecca currently teaches French at Hunter College.

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Carlos Ríos

B.A, French & Francophone Studies, University of Scranton
MS Ed., Bilingual Education, The City College of New York 

Carlos obtained a degree in French and Francophone culture at the University of Scranton. During his undergraduate studies, he also discovered his passion for teaching. Upon completing his studies at Scranton, Carlos entered the New York City Teaching Fellows and completed a Masters Degree in Bilingual Education while teaching full time. Carlos is now in his 5th year of teaching as the fourth grade, French teacher in a dual-language program. His research interests include the presence of death and dying in literature, le Roman d'Analyse, Psychoanalytic literary criticism, and 20th Century literature, theatre, and film. 

Sara Rychtarik

Sara Rychtarik is specializing in medieval French literature. She graduated from Barnard College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English and French Studies.  She has also studied at the International Center of Photography and the Center for Book Arts.
Sara has worked extensively in film, music, and photographic production, producing several short films, as well as a television series.  During her career in production she managed the production office of renowned musician and artist, John Lurie, as well as the photography studio of fashion photographer and music video director Stéphane Sednaoui.
Sara is also a fine art and documentary photographer.  She has photographed for such publications as Details and Black Book, and her work has been included in several solo and group exhibitions, including the “Queens International 2006” at the Queens Museum of Art. Sara was awarded a grant from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Queens Council on the Arts for her series Queens Plaza.
Sara has presented papers at various conferences including the 32nd Annual Illinois Medieval Association Conference, The Henri Peyre French Institute Food Seminar: SALT and SUGAR/SALT or SUGAR? (Graduate Center, CUNY), and the 51st Annual Congress on Medieval Studies.
She currently teaches French at City College.

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Oliver Sage

B.A., French, Hunter College
Interests: 20th Century, Contemporary, Queer Theory, Feminist Theory, Science Fiction, Translation.

Oliver Sage is working on a cluster of modern and contemporary figures ranging from Jean Genet to Virginie Despentes to Samuel R. Delany. They are particularly interested in looking at the ambiguous connections between violence and the erotic in queer modern and contemporary fiction, as well as the openings and slippages between the literary and the ‘paraliterary’ worlds of fantasy and (science) fiction. Other interests include queer potentialities and radical failures in translation studies. They are a 2018 Humanities Alliance Graduate Fellow.

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Annie Schultz

Annie Schultz is currently a Ph.D. student in French Literature. She grew up in a small town in Kentucky but spent part of her childhood in Al Ain, U.A.E. After returning to the US, she received a B.A. in French Literature and Studio Art (Painting). In addition to teaching in Avignon, France with T.A.P.I.F, Annie completed a M.A. in French Language and Literature. Her research interests are varied, including 19th-century French painting and public sculpture, and questions of identity in Francophone literature of the Middle East. Annie is also taking the opportunity to study Arabic again after many years. She currently teaches French classes at Hunter College. 


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Anna Soo-Hoo

M. Phil, French, Graduate Center CUNY
M.A., French Literature, Hunter College CUNY
B.A., English with a minor in French, City College CUNY

Anna’s dissertation concerns poetic exchanges in sixteenth-century France. For her master’s thesis, she wrote about the notion of female honor in the works of Madeleine des Roches. Anna wades into territories beyond the French Renaissance, however, such as when she presented a paper linking midrash to Zola’s novel L’Œuvre (spring 2015, Louisiana State University) and when she co-organized the 2018 CUNY PhD Program in French conference “Haunted History in France and America: When the Ghosts of Slavery Resurface.” As a research assistant for the Henri Peyre French Institute, Anna blogs about food in the French and Francophone worlds ( She taught French at Hunter College as a Teaching Fellow and continues to work there as an adjunct lecturer. She hopes to resume writing poems in English, eventually compiling enough of them to make a book.

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Melissa Trujillo

B.A. Sociology, Minor in French, Marymount Manhattan College
M.A. Global French Studies, Columbia University

Melissa Trujillo received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Marymount Manhattan College with a focus on the sociology of the body. Her final thesis was an ethnographic study of ballerinas and their relationship to pain. Melissa went on to complete a master’s degree in Global French Studies at Columbia University’s Paris campus. Her master’s thesis treated hysteria in 18th-century medical texts, and deviant female corporeality. Melissa is continuing her research on the body while shifting her focus towards francophone productions from the Mashreq.

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Marguerite Van Cook

M. Phil, French, Graduate Center
M.A., Modern European Studies, Columbia University, 2011
B.A., Magna cum Laude, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2008
A.A. (Hons), English, Borough of Manhattan Community College, 2006
Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic, Fine Art, 1975-1977
Portsmouth College of Art and Design, Foundation Studies, 1973-1974

Areas of Specialization: History of Political Economics; Romanticism; Aesthetics; Eighteenth & Nineteenth Century Literature; Comics; Film; Theatre & Performance; GLBTQ Studies.

Marguerite Van Cook is a Ph.D candidate whose recent work looks at the intersection of political economics, aesthetics and literature, and the politics of gender. She is an assistant to the Henri Peyre French Institute. Van Cook came to New York with her punk band The Innocents after touring with The Clash. She stayed, opened the gallery Ground Zero and curated numerous events and shows. Her own work as an artist and filmmaker placed her in many museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, and the Schwartz Art Collection at Harvard. Her other credits include poet (she was awarded the Van Rensselear Prize while at Columbia), writer, critic, comic book artist, and actor. Her graphic novel a generational biography, "The Late Child and Other Animals," with James Romberger was nominated for an Ignatz Award and was published in France as "L'Enfant Inattendue". Her collaborative project with David Wojnarowicz and James Romberger, “Seven Miles a Second,” a graphic memoir of Wojnarowicz’s life and death, was published in France in 2012 and is in its second edition in America. In 2006, Van Cook became the creative and managing director of the Howl! Arts Festival, an annual, all-ages, multicultural, LGBT-friendly arts festival, which led in 2009 to the establishment of Howl HELP, a free emergency health and care service for downtown artists. She teaches French 101, 102 & 201 at Hunter College, CUNY and  Fench 106 at BMCC, CUNY.

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Nina Verneret

B.A. Major Philosophy and Minor History, Lyon III
M.A. Philosophy and Critical Theory, Paris 8

Nina Verneret graduated in continental philosophy in Paris. She wrote her master’s thesis on the roots of the Baroque period in Europe and its reception in the Latin world.She is a contributor and editor for the social science books review website She writes about independent cinema, contemporary art, and literature. Nina also edits video content (narrative and documentary).



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Alicen Weida

B.A., French Literature, Hunter College; l’Université de Paris IV – La Sorbonne 

Alicen Weida received her B.A. in French Literature from Hunter College, where she also began graduate study in 2014. Before beginning graduate work, Alicen interned at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy’s Département du livre, most notably helping to organize the ‘2014: A Year with Proust’ centennial festival. 
In 2016, she was an organizer for the French program’s annual graduate student conference, “Mapping Memory,” which welcomed graduate students from the U.S., Canada, France, and Morocco. Her academic interests include 20th Century and contemporary literature, Translation studies, and Women’s and Gender studies. She is currently pursuing a certificate in the Women’s Studies program.

George Westby

M.A., French, Bryn Mawr College (2010)
M.D., Albany Medical College (1970)
B.S., Union College (1966)

Subsequent to his postgraduate medical training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, George practiced nephrology in suburban Philadelphia for 30 years, which he continues to do on a part-time basis. Within French Studies, he is interested in the 20th Century, and especially Albert Camus. In Comparative Literature, W.G. Sebald intrigues him as well.

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Patricia Winter

B.A. French and Anthropology, Hunter College

Patricia Anne Winter, a native New Yorker, is a  doctoral candidate in French. A dancer, choreographerand former trapezist, Ms. Winter was part of la nouvelle dance française movement in Paris in the 1980s and early 1990s, and the New York avant-garde dance scene in the 1990s. In France, she taught dance in several conservatories, as body awareness workshops to medical students at the Faculté de Médecine in Paris. In 1994, she had a residency at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, where she created two choreographies after having done research on women artists working in Mexico, such as Frida Kahlo, Remedios Varo, and Tina Modotti. Concurrently she conducted dance workshops in the Escuela Nacional de Ciegos (National School of the Blind). She is currently working on a dance theater piece to be presented in Copenhagen.

Ms. Winter earned her BA in Anthropology, Special Honors, and French from Hunter College in 2010. In 2011 she was a guest lecturer in Hunter College's Arts Across the Curriculum Program and spoke about contemporary dance in America. In 2013 she participated in a panel discussion on dance and the body politic for the graduate program in anthropology at Hunter College. Ms. Winter has a special interest in the performing body and dance in 17th and 18th C. France, and 19th C. French literature. Her dissertation research focuses on the le ballet de cour and le ballet d’action, addressing questions of the body, spectacle, and gender in 17th and 18th C. French dance. She teaches French at Fordham University and Hunter College, and is a Writing Fellow at John Jay College.

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Sarah Yahyaoui 

M.A. French and Gender Studies, McGill
B.A. French Literature, Université de Montréal

Sarah Yahyaoui is an fifth year PhD student in French at the Graduate Center. Her current research focus on identity in Quebec through the representations of Scandinavia and the idea of nordicity. That interest for Québécois identities translated in her feminist reading of Nicole Brossard’s Le centre blanc in her Master's thesis and in her direction of an upcoming journal number on Québec rap. She has taught French, French Literature and Women and Gender Studies at The City College of New York and Barnard. She has published in @nalyses, with the feminist collective Les bêtes d’hier, and with the editing house Triptyque.

Chris Clarke (Ph. D. 2020)

B.A., French, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada
M.A., Literary Translation French - English, NYU, New York, NY
Ph.D. French, CUNY Graduate Center
Areas of Specialization: Translation studies, contemporary French literature, cinema studies, linguistics.
Chris is specializing in Translation Studies and is particularly interested in French literature of the 20th and 21st centuries. His translations include work by Éric Chevillard (Masters Thesis), Raymond Queneau (New Directions), Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano (NYRB Classics), Pierre Mac Orlan (Wakefield Press, forthcoming), and Marcel Schwob (in progress). He spent the second year of his PhD studies on exchange, studying at Paris-Sorbonne as well as teaching at Paris X Nanterre - IUT St Cloud Métiers du livre.
Chris received a Doctoral Student Research Grant in 2014, which he used to conduct research at the Centre de Documentation Raymond Queneau in Verviers, Belgium; a research grant from the Henri Peyre Foundation in 2015, which he used to conduct research in the Fonds Queneau at the Bibliothèque Universitaire de Dijon; and a second DSRG grant in 2016, which assisted with research in the Barbara Wright archive at the Lilly Library, Indiana University (Bloomington).
Chris was the recipient of a PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant in 2016 for his work on Marcel Schwob’s “Imaginary Lives” (Wakefield Press, 2017). His dissertation work centers on Raymond Queneau’s translations from English to French. Chris is currently a Lecturer at University of Pennsylvania.

Lisa Karakaya, Ph.D.(Ph.D. 2020)
Lisa Karakaya obtained her PhD in February 2020. Her dissertation, titled “Out of Home: Social class in Women’s Writing 1950-2016,” examines the depiction of social class in the work of women writers across diverse regions. Other research areas include home and exile, borders, liminal spaces, and issues of race and gender in 20th and 21st century French and francophone literature. Publications include articles on social class and the depiction of home in Marie Cardinal’s and Marguerite Duras’s texts, as well as resistance in Simone Schwarz-Bart’s work.  Lisa currently teaches at Hunter College High School, and serves on the MLA Executive Council. 

Thomas Muzart (Ph.D. 2020)

M.A., Sciences Po Lyon
Areas of Specialization: 19th and 20th century literature, gender studies, queer studies, travel literature.
Thomas Muzart earned his Masters degree at Sciences Po Lyon in Communications and Culture. His studies in France led him to work on cultural activism and queer studies, especially in his thesis, entitled Les festivals de cinema gay et lesbien en France : le militantisme culturel en question. After working for several theatre companies in New York and Paris, he decided to combine his academic and professional interests to further question issues on identity and performance. He published several articles on gender studies for the online magazine non.fiction. In 2013, he gave a paper entitled “Jean Genet et le roman : une idiosyncrasie romanesque pour une idiosyncrasie identitaire” at the annual French department's conference at CUNY. In 2014, he presented his work on the filmmaker and gay activist Lionel Soukaz at the “Art and Conflict” conference at University of Virginia. As a participant to the Summer School for Sexualities, Cultures and Politics 2014 in Belgrade, he presented his latest research on the pornographic discourse in France. He will also give a paper on Gide and the exile at the upcoming Nineteenth Century French Studies Colloquium in San Juan. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Colby College.

Antoinette Williams-Tutt (Ph.D. 2020)

M.Phil., French, CUNY Graduate Center (2014)
B.A., French, University of Houston (2008)
B.A., English and Creative Writing, University of Houston (2008)
Areas of Specialization: Québécois literature, Translation Theory, Globalization in francophonie

Antoinette is a currently Lecturer of French at Southern Methodist University, and is interested in the manifestation and representation of Québécois identities in language and literature. Her dissertation, “Anywhere But Here: Québécois Identities in the Road Novel,” focuses on migration, expatriation, and bilingualism in certain Québécois texts and their English translations and French republications. She presented a paper entitled, "Negotiating Difference on The Road in Le Ciel de Bay City by Catherine Mavrikakis” at Interconnections: Patterns, Pathways & Possibilities, the interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference at the University of Rhode Island in April 2015, and will be presenting another paper, "Toward the Self and the Other: An Examination of National Identity in Two Quintessential Québécois Road Novels,” at the Trinity College International Conference Pulling Together or Pulling Apart: Identity and Nationhood - Spain, Europe, the West in June 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.

Frédéric-Charles Baitinger (Ph.D. 2019)

I completed my dissertation, The Ethics of Desire, under the direction of Professor Royal S. Brown.  My areas of specialization include French literature and visual culture, with a focus on Avant-Garde literature and visual art, French theory, continental philosophy, postcolonial studies and critical race theory, and psychoanalysis. I have a BA in political science, a MA in philosophy from the Sorbonne, and a graduate certificate in Critical Theory from The Graduate Center. I am the founder of the research group Religion and the Sacred in Art and Critical Theory, a member of the International Association of Art Critics, and an active participant of the Lacanian Compass, an affiliate group of the New Lacanian School.

Publications: “Je pense, donc je ris : rire et souveraineté dans la pensée de Georges Bataille”. Revue Scientifique Humoresques n°39, Humour : Les mots et les choses. (à paraître) 
“Le jour de la communication: Kierkegaard, Chestov, Bataille et la question du péché”. Les Cahiers Léon Chestov n°13 : Kierkegaard et la philosophie existentielle. (à paraître)

Christine Carter (Ph.D. 2019)

M.A., Cultural Translation, The American University of Paris
B.A., English, Minor in Hispanic Studies, Connecticut College
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Christine's area of interest is the eighteenth-century, and during her second year of the program she studied topics such as the Eighteenth Century Today and Theater in the Eighteenth Century at the Sorbonne as part of the CUNY-Paris Exchange. She is particularly interested in the influence of fashion in eighteenth century France and the emergence of clothing and accessories as not only a reflection of social status but also of personal taste and style. Christine is also interested in the “fantastique” genre made popular in the nineteenth century and translated Alexandre Dumas’ novel La Femme au collier de velours as part of her Master’s thesis. Christine has spent several years studying and teaching English in France, and taught French at Brooklyn College.

Parfait Kouacou (Ph.D.  2019)

Master in French Literature, ASU, Tempe
Master in Conflict Resolution, Cocody, Abidjan
Master in Public Law, Bouake, Bouake
Bachelor in Public Law, Bouake, Bouake
Parfait Kouacou is an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages at Drexel University. His research investigates the relation between Francophone African literary discourses and contemporary global issues. His research has received several honors and awards, including the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC) Fellowship, the Dean K. Harrison Fellowship and the Early Research Initiative Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Research in the Service of Public Knowledge from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). His recent roles as Co-Chair of the Africa Research Group (ARG) and as Human Rights Seminar Fellow at the Henri Peyre French Institute, CUNY, translate his strong interest in global affairs.

Parfait previously worked as a journalist, a public information officer and a human rights officer with the United Nations in Côte d’Ivoire. Prior to joining Drexel University, he had enjoyed teaching French language and culture to graduate and undergraduate students for six years in Arizona and New York.

Genevieve Waite  (Ph.D.  2018)

Dissertation title: Lost and Found in Translation: A Study of the Bilingual Work of Samuel Beckett, Julien Green, and Nancy Huston. Genevieve is the author of Pas à pas : méthode d'anglais (2009) and Ma Méthode d’anglais (2016). Other publications include peer-reviewed articles in French Forum, the Journal of Haitian Studies, Dalhousie French Studies, and the University of California's L2 Journal, as well as two essays in the Critical Survey of American Literature with Salem Press (2016).

In 2018, Genevieve conducted archival research at the University of Virginia with the help of a Lillian Gary Taylor Fellowship. Other recent awards and fellowships include an Instructional Innovation Award and a Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Fellowship from Syracuse University. She is currently working as an Assistant Teaching Professor of French and Coordinator of the French Language Program at Syracuse University. Genevieve has organized conference panels and/or presented papers at NeMLA, the MLA, the American Literary Translators Association, the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Columbia University, and The Graduate Center, CUNY. 

Phillip Griffith, (Ph.D. 2017)

Editorial and Publications Associate, The Shed 
Ph.D. French, The Graduate Center, CUNY
MA French Cultural Studies, Columbia University
BA English and French, The University of Georgia
 Phillip is a critic, scholar, and editor in New York City. His research focuses on the intersection of writing and visual and performance art in twentieth-century avant-gardes and contemporary art and poetry. His dissertation, “Collaboration Revisited: The Performative Art of Claude Cahun and Hannah Weiner,” received a Mario Capelloni Dissertation Fellowship award for its investigation into this intersection in the work of women avant-gardists in Surrealist Paris and 1960s – 70s New York City. He has taught French, comparative literature, and college composition in the CUNY system and at the Cooper Union, in addition to creative writing courses for high school students with Oxbridge Academic Programs. A contributing writer and former senior editor at the Brooklyn Rail, he currently works in the editorial department of The Shed, a new arts center in New York City. To read more about his projects, please visit his website at

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.

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).

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 xHoliness—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

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.

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.

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 Ruth retired from her job as an English and reading teacher at Park East High School in Manhattan, she pursued full-time studies in the French program at the Graduate Center. Her dissertation was entitled, “The Journey Back: Revisiting Childhood Trauma.” She is interested in trans-generational trauma in post 1968 French literature. Her articles, “Haunted by History: Revisiting Childhood Trauma in Philippe Grimbert’s Un secret” and “Seeking the Shadow Sister in Annie Ernaux’s L’autre fille” were published in The French Review.

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.

 Claudy Delné (Ph.D. 2013)

Claudy Delné a fait ses études primaires à l'École Nationale Colbert Lochard et études secondaires au Lycée Anténor Firmin. Il a commencé ses études universitaires à l'École Normale Supérieure en Haiti (1988-1990). Au Québec depuis 1990, il a obtenu tour à tour un baccalauréat en enseignement de l'histoire et une maïtrise en Éducation à l'Université de Montréal. Il a obtenu également un baccalauréat en droit (L.L.B) de l'Université de Moncton (New-Brunswick, Canada) en 2000. Il a été admis au Barreau de l'Ontario (Canada) en 2002. Il a publié son premier ouvrage sur la didactique de l'enseignement de l'histoire qui s'intitule: "L'enseignement de l'histoire nationale en Haiti: état des lieux et perspectives" aux Éditions du CIDIHCA en 2001. Cette recherche lui a valu une mention spéciale en sciences sociales et humaines au concours des jeunes chercheurs parrainé conjointement par la Faculté des Études Supérieures et de la Recherche de l'Université de Moncton et l'ACFAS-Acadie (Association canadienne française pour l'avancement de la science), Mai 2000.

Il enseigne depuis 2003 le français au secondaire à NJ et à titre d'adjunct-teacher (chargé de cours) à Kean et Montclair State University. Il s'intéresse particulièrement aux questions d'altérité, de représentations, de la race en littérature. Son projet de thèse portera sur l'évolution de la représentation de la Révolution haitienne dans les textes narratifs des écrivains français du dix-neuvième siècle

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.

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.

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.

Sophie Saint-Just (Ph.D. 2013)

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.

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.

John Sorrentino (Ph.D. 2013)

Chief of Staff, Hunter College School of Education, CUNY
John is currently the Chief of Staff to the Dean of the School of Education at Hunter College.  He was previously the Post-Doctoral Digital Learning Fellow for the Macaulay Honors College, Adjunct Assistant Professor of French at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Professor of French for the Community College System of New Hampshire.

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.

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.

Stève Puig (Ph.D. 2012)

Associate Professor of French, St. John's University
Stève Puig is currently an Associate Professor of French at St John's University in New York. He is working on Francophone Caribbean writers and urban culture. He has presented papers on Aimé Césaire, René Maran, Orientalism, the concept of "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, The French Review and Expressions Maghrébines. His most recent publications include a book on urban literature entitled "Littérature urbaine et mémoire postcoloniale" (L'Harmattan, 2019) as well as chapters on French rap. 

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.

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.

Sophie Maríñez  (Ph.D. 2010)

Sophie Maríñez is a 2021 Mellon/ACLS Fellow, a BMCC Distinguished Teaching Award recipient, a CUNY William P. Kelly Research Fellow, and a former Faculty Fellow at the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics of the Graduate Center, CUNY. At BMCC, she has served as a Faculty Leadership Fellow and as the advisor of the major in Modern Languages.
Maríñez is also an awardee of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique, and the Women Studies Certificate Program at the Graduate Center. In June 2020, the Modern Languages Association’s Executive Council appointed her to serve in its Committee on Community Colleges (2020-2023).
She is currently working on a monograph titled Spirals in the Caribbean: Representing Violence in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Her first book, Mademoiselle de Montpensier: Writings, Chateaux, and Female Self-Construction in Early Modern France (Brill, 2017), was funded by an NEH award and drew from her award-winning dissertation on women who used their writings and chateaux to establish authority, legitimacy, rank, and political identities. In 2009, Maríñez defended her dissertation with honors, advised by Distinguished Professor Domna C. Stanton.
Maríñez has co-edited Jacques Viau Renaud: J’essaie de vous parler de ma patrie (Mémoire d’encrier, 2018) and published articles and essays in The Boston Review, Small Axe Salon, Chemins Critiques, Journal of Haitian Studies, Revista Mexicana del Caribe, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Papers on French Seventeenth-Century Literature; Memorias: Revista Digital, La Torre: Revista de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, as well as the award-winning Cambridge History of Latino/a American Literature. 
In addition to teaching at BMCC, Maríñez has taught graduate courses on the literatures of Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and their respective diasporas at City College and The Graduate Center. Prior to her appointment at CUNY, she held a two-year visiting faculty position in French at Vassar College (2010-2012). From 1997 to 2000, she was a diplomat, working as a Cultural Counselor at the embassy of the Dominican Republic in Mexico.

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.

Katherine Galvagni (Ph.D. 2009)

French Teacher at South Mecklenburg High School and Adjunct Faculty in French, Francophone, and Italian Studies at Charleston College
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

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.

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.

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).
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.

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."

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, 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.

Hamid Bahri (Ph.D. 2004)

Assistant Professor, York College
Hamid Bahri other than his 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.

Jean François (Ph.D. 2004)

Assistant Professor at York College
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.

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.

Binita Mehta (Ph.D. 1997)

Professor of French in the Division of Languages, Literature, and Writing at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York where she teaches courses in French language, literature, and film, courses in the First Year program, and courses on the South Asian diaspora in the Castle Scholars Honors program. In July 2020, she was appointed Director of the First Year Program.
Professor Mehta has published two books, Widows, Pariahs and ‘Bayadères’: India as Spectacle (Bucknell University Press, 2002), and co-edited a volume of essays with Pia Mukherji, Postcolonial Comics: Texts, Events, Identities (Routledge, 2015). She has also published several book chapters, essays, and articles on French literature and film and on South Asian literature and film. Her publication, “Graphic History: Postcolonial Texts and Contexts,” co-written with Pia Mukherji was published in The Bloomsbury Introduction to Postcolonial Writing: New Contexts, New Narratives, New Debates, edited by Jenni Ramone (London: Bloomsbury Press, 2018). In March 2020, she presented a paper, “Whose Narrative, Whose Voice?: Riad Sattouf’s Arab of the Future,” on a panel Narrative Voice in Autobiographical Graphic Novels at the annual convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) in Boston, Massachusetts.

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.

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

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.

Carnia Yervasi (Ph.D. 1995)

Associate Professor of French
Swathmore College
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, Frenchli>
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.

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).

Claire Keith (Ph.D. 1993)

Associate Professor of French; Coordinator of French Studies & Global Studies
Marist College
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)

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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).

Dr. Davida Brautman (Ph.D. 1975)

Taught French in Brooklyn H S and NJ for 38 years
Was secretary to AATF NJ chapter
Was board member of Santa Rosa Ca. Alliance française 
Published over 150 book reviews for French Review
Had an interview with Claude Izner published in French Review in 2014
In my 24 years at Millburn HS initiated French film, and taught French AP Literature; started Les Cabotins, French drama club. Won 2008 Grad Ctr. Award, FLENJ award, and two NEH scholarships, and two francophone scholarships. Retired, moving back East now.

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).

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.

Alumni Dissertations

For full dissertations, please visit CUNY's Academic Works for dissertations from 2014-present or the Mina Rees Library for dissertations prior to 2014.  


Iziar de Miguel: "Enquêtes métaphysiques et identitaires dans la littérature policière et la fiction en France et en Afrique du Nord" (Advisor: Francesca Sautman)


Antoinette Williams-Tutt:  Where Do We Go from Here? Québécois Identity in the Road Novel from 1964 to 2008 ( Advisor: Maxime Blanchard)

Thomas Muzart:  Queer Displacements: Minorities, Mobilities, and Mobilizations in French and Francophone Literature (Advisor: Maxime Blanchard)

Lisa M. Karakaya:  Out of Home: Social Class in Women’s Writing, 1950–2016 (Advisor: Domna Santos)

Christopher Clarke:  Rewriting the Oeuvre: Raymond Queneau and the Art of Translation (Advisor: Esther Allen)


Parfait Kouassi Koaucou African Childhood in Literature and Law: Between Traditions and Modernism (Advisor: Francesca Sautman)

Christine M. Carter:  The Transformation of Women's Roles in Fashion in Eighteenth-Century France: Femininity, Fashion, and Frivolity in Fiction (Advisor: Maxime Blanchard)

Frederic C. Baitinger:  The Subject of Jouissance: The Late Lacan and Gender and Queer Theories (Advisor: Royal Brown)


Genevieve Waite: "Lost and Found in Translation: A Study of the Bilingual Work of Samuel Beckett, Julien Green, and Nancy Huston" (Advisor: Elizabeth Beaujour)

Wilson Decembre : "La Symbolique païenne dans l’œuvre de René Depestre "(Advisor: Maxime Blanchard)

Jasmine Narcisse : Rhétorique du soi dans la littérature haïtienne francophone du XXe siècle: Manque et Manquements ?" (Advisor: Francesca Sautman)


Phillip Griffith: Collaboration Revisited: The Performative Art of Claude Cahun and Hannah Weiner (Advisor: Francesca Sautman)

Jacquelyn Libby:"Albert Camus's Mediterraneanism in La Peste." (Advisor: Peter Consenstein)


Paul Fadoul: How to Be a French Jew, Proust, Lazare,Glissant. (Advisor: Evelyn Ender)

Eric Lynch: Unidentified Verbal Objects: Contemporary French Poetry, Intermedia, and Narrative (Advisor: Professor Consenstein)

Paula Delbonis-Platt: Crossing Boundaries: The Transnational Third Space of Contemporary Chinese-Francophone Writers. (Advisor: Professor Sautman)

Dana Radu: Jules Verne Constructs America: From Utopia to Dystopia. (Advisor: Professor Przybos)

Stephanie Grace Petinos: Seeking Holiness: The Contribution of Nine Vernacular Narrative Texts from the Twelfth to the Fourteenth Centuries (Advisor: Professor Sautman) 


Ashley Meredith Williard: Engendering Islands: Representations of Difference in the Seventeenth-Century French Caribbean. (Advisor: Domna C. Stanton)

Deborah Rosalind Gruber: Ni Francaise, Ni Juive, Ni Arabe: The Influence of Nineteenth Century French Judaism on the Emergence of Franco- Jewish- Arab Literature. (Advisor: Ammiel Alcalay)

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