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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.
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.
Alicia Bralove Ramirez (Ph.D. 2008)
Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages
Bronx Community College of the City of New York
In 2013, Professor Ramirez published The Representation of Women in Ten French Novels on the Spanish Civil War: A Critical Approach.
Amalia Rechtman (Ph.D. 2005)
Assistant Professor, Queensborough Community College
Amalia Rechtman is currently in Paris, where she teaches courses at the Institut Universitaire d'Etudes Juives Elie Weisel.
Her publications include: Child Survivors of the Holocaust : Literature, Trauma, Memory. Ed. Insitute for Holocaust Studies Series (2006), and American Writers, Child Holocaust Survivors and the representation of the War Experience and its impact on their Lives and Work. Ed. Université Paris X - Nanterre (October 2006).
In October of 2006 she presented at a colloquium organised by the University of Paris X-Nanterre's Anglo-American Studies program. Her presentation was entitled, "Reflet des difficultés des survivants de la Shoah en Israel dans leurs oeuvres littéraires."
Anne E. Witte (Ph.D. 1992)
Professor Culture and Communication
EDHEC Grande Ecole
Master of Science in Arts & NGO’s
Assistant Dean, Intercontinental Track Programmes, EDHEC Business School, Nice – France
Anne E. Witte has held a position as Professor of Culture and International Communication at EDHEC Business School, France since 1991. Her research and writing address questions in cross cultural psychology, cultural history, literature, anthropology, international communication and critical thinking. She serves as Assistant Dean for offshore projects involving exchanges between business schools in New York, Beijing, and Nagoya and EDHEC Grande Ecole, France.
Anne has recently published a book entitled Past and Future Culture (BookSurge Publishing, 2010).
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.
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).
Ph.D., French, CUNY Graduate Center (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.
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.
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.
Binita Mehta (Ph.D. 1997)
Professor of French and Director of the International Studies Program, Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York
Binita Mehta teaches a variety of courses in French language, literature, culture, and film, teaches courses in the First Year Program, and has taught a course on the literature and film of the South Asian diaspora in the Castle Scholars Program, the Honors Program at Manhattanville College. Her book, Widows, Pariahs, and "Bayadères": India as Spectacle, was published by Bucknell University Press in 2002. She has also published several articles and book chapters on French literature and film and South Asian diasporic literature and film. Her most recent research and writing has been on Francophone comic books, or bandes dessinées. Two recent publications include a chapter, "A Reluctant Migrant in Paris: Malamine: un Africain à Paris," in the book, Metropolitan Mosaics and Melting Pots: Paris and Montreal in Francophone Literatures, eds. Pascal De Souza and H. Adlai Murdoch (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013). Another essay, "Visualizing Postcolonial Africa" in La Vie de Pahé, was published in December 2013 in the bilingual Canadian online journal Alternative
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
- 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Claire Keith (Ph.D. 1993)
Associate Professor of French; Coordinator of French Studies & Global Studies
Awards & Honors: 2000-2004 Federal FIPSE grant ($250 000). Project: "From High-School to College and Beyond: A Technology-Supported Mentoring Project in Foreign Languages and Foreign Cultures Instruction"
Publications: "Pilgrims in a Toxic Land: Writing the Trenches of the Great War". (French Literature Series, vol. XXXIX. 2012, Rodopi. New York) . - "La mission tourna mal: un ethnographe écrit sa guerre" (Nouvelles Etudes Francophones, Fall 2009) - " 'L'Usage du monde' and its usages" (Dalhousie French Studies,Vol.86, Spring 2009) - "Below Deck: Women Travelers in O'Brian's Navy" (Astrolabe, Paris Sorbonne, Vol.21,Fall 2008)
Research Interests: Relation between literature and historiography. Theory & pedagogy of globalization. French Cultural Studies. All aspects of travel literature. Ecocriticism. Technology in Modern Languages & Cultures pedagogy.
Conferences & Workshops: "L'apprentissage du français devient-il multilingue?" 128th MLA Annual Convention,Boston, 5-8 January 2013. - " Le voyage francophone en 2012 : écrivains, lecteurs, critiques " 26th International Conference of CIEF. Thessaloniki, Greece,10-16 june 2012 - "Language vs lingua Franca: the case of French Studies" & Panel Chair for "What is the future of French in French Studies?", 127th MLA Annual Convention,Seattle, 4-8 January 2012 - "Pilgrims in a Toxic Land: French Testimonial Literature of the Great War", 39th French Literature Conference. University of South Carolina, Columbia, March 17-18 2011. - "Repenser les études francophones", 24nd International Conference of the C.I.E.F , Montreal, July 2010 - "If Faculty Are Running It, Is It a Lab?" NERALLT Spring 2009 Conference "Looking Back, Looking Forward". Trinity College, Hartford, CT, April 24, 2009. - "Le Guide du Routard: A Claim for a 'Voyage-monde'?" (conference "Littérature-monde: New Wave or New Hype?" Winthrop-King Institute of Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Florida State U.,Tallahassee.Feb 11-14 2009) - "Comment peut-on être européenne? Un voyage en Orient au XXIe siècle", 22nd International Conference of the C.I.E.F, Limoges, July 2008 - "Invoking Lawrence in Current Affairs" (8th T.E. Lawrence Symposium, Huntington Research Library, San Marino, CA,Nov. 2007)
Affiliations: - CIEF ,Conseil International D'Etudes Francophones ( Executive Director 2009-2012, Advisory 2012-13) - CRLV (Centre de Recherches sur la Littérature de Voyage, Paris-Sorbonne- T.E. Lawrence Society - NERALLT (New England Association for Language Learning & Technology) - AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) - MLA (Modern Language Association)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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)
Genevieve Waite (Ph.D. 2018)
Assistant Teaching Professor of French, Syracuse University
B.A. Cum Laude, French, Bates College (2005) Licence Professionnelle Métiers de l’Édition, L’I.U.T. of Aix-en-Provence (2009) M.A. French Literature, NYU (2011)
Areas of Specialization: 20th-21st century French and Francophone literature, translingual authors, linguistics, translation theory, self-translation, multilingualism
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 (2013). Other publications include two peer-reviewed articles, “Nancy Huston’s Polyglot Texts: Linguistic Limits and Transgressions” (2015) and “Julien Green: L’écrivain double in Self-Translation” (forthcoming at French Forum), as well as two essays in the Critical Survey of American Literature with Salem Press (2016).
In June of 2018, Genevieve conducted archival research at the University of Virginia with the help of a Lillian Gary Taylor Fellowship. 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. .
Currently, she is working as a Lecturer in French at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jean François (Ph.D. 2004)
Assistant Professor at York College
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.
Katherine Galvagni (Ph.D. 2009)
French Teacher at South Mecklenburg High School and Adjunct Faculty in French, Francophone, and Italian Studies at Charleston College
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.
Lisa Karakaya, Ph.D.
Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)
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.
Maria-Luisa Ruiz (Ph.D. 2005)
Assistant Professor of French and Spanish, Medgar Evers College
Maria-Luisa's research focuses on literature and cultural connections between France and its colonies at the beginning of the 20th century, and contemporary Francophone women writers. She is the author of two books: Parole d’Alberta (2001, poetry) and Là où elle devient Méla (2004, novella).
She is the cofounder of Rivarticollection (see web site at www.rivarticollection.com), the publishing branch of a nonprofit organization that promotes Francophone books and writers in the US.
Maria-Luisa's recent professional activities include co-authoring a play that was presented at the Avignon Theater Festival in July 2006.
Her most recent publications include "La Proclamation d’indépendance haïtienne : fiction et matrice littéraire", forthcoming in the next issue of La Revue de recherche haïtiano-Antillaise, Paris, l’Harmattan, and
“Redefining the Concept of God : A Review of Yván Silén’s La Muerte de Mamá" in Calabash, A Journal of Caribbean Arts and Letters, 3:2 (Fall-Winter 2005).
Her most recent conference presentations include a paper given at the March 2007 NEMLA Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, entitled "La maison, la voiture et l’enfant: mondes de Duras, Duras de tous les mondes."
She participated in a panel entitled "Difficult subjects: Caribbean Women Writers on Power and Abuse" at the CUNY Conference on the African Presence and Influence on the Cultures of the Americas, hosted by Hostos College, in November of 2006. In May of 2005, she was the invited presenter of Yván Silén’s novel La Muerte de mamá at Lectorum, a Spanish language bookstore in Manhattan. Also in May of 2005, Maria-Luisa participated in the round table on Haitian literature at the Haitian book fair at York College, where she read some excerpts from her book Là où elle devient Méla.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 Depart
ment 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.
Patrice Mothion (Ph.D. 1996)
Associate Professor and Chair of the French Department, Centre College
At George Mason University, where Patrice taught prior to joining Centre College in 2001, Dr. Mothion led students on the school's study abroad program to Strasbourg. Recently, Patrice featured among the "Best 300 Professors" list compiled by Princeton Review Books and RateMyProfessor.com.
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.
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.
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 phillipgriffith.net.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sophie Maríñez (Ph.D. 2010)
Assistant Professor of French, CUNY, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Sophie Maríñez has won the 2012 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend award to complete a book entitled Building Subjects: Women, Castles, and Self-Construction in Early Modern France, which builds on her doctoral dissertation, a recipient of several grants, including the Carole & Morton Olshan Dissertation Fellowship, the Marandon Fellowship, the CUNY’s Doctoral Student Research Grant, and the 2009-2010 Carolyn G. Heilbrun Dissertation Prize awarded by the Women’s Studies Certificate Program. Sophie has published several articles and presented her research at numerous national and international conferences, including, most recently, the Renaissance Society of America (Washington, D.C, March 2012, San Diego, 2013), and the Modern Languages Association (Los Angeles, January 2011). She has also been invited to give lectures on her research at Vassar College (2011), where she was a visiting faculty from 2010 to 2012, and the Graduate Center of City University of New York (2010). At BMCC, she is directing a Study Abroad program in partnership with the Université de Nantes. She is also the advisor of the French Club and a founder of the student-led French literary magazine Échos du Tout-Monde. Dr. Maríñez's poem "Carnival Day in Santo Domingo" was published in the February 2015 issue of Small Axe Salon, along with photographs of the Carnival by renown Dominican photographer Mariano Hernández.
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.
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
Stève Puig (Ph.D. 2012)
Assistant Professor of French, St. John's University
Stève Puig is currently an Assistant Professor of French at St John's University in New York. He is working on Francophone Caribbean writers and urban literature. He has presented papers on Aimé Césaire, René Maran, Orientalism, littérature-monde, Louis-Philippe Dalembert and other contemporary Haitian writers. He has published articles in Formules, The Journal of Haitian Studies, the Encyclopedia of the Middle Passage, Nouvelles Francographies, and Expressions Maghrébines. His most recent publications include an article for Présence Francophone and an interview with Catherine Cusset for the French Review.
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.
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.