Ph.D., Rice University, French Studies
M.A., Middlebury College, French
A.B., Bowdoin College, Biology & French
As an Assistant Professor of French, my goal is to help students acquire and gradually perfect reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills while guiding them in broadening their understanding of Francophone cultures and recognizing how this knowledge intersects with and elucidates interdisciplinary world issues.
Converging with my teaching interests, my research focus is on twentieth and twenty-first century French and Francophone studies with a special interest in the Maghreb. I have examined the multifaceted complexity of Francophone identities pertaining to postcolonial issues in the Maghreb, non-Occidental feminist debates, identity expression in the visual arts, and transnational popular culture. From this interdisciplinary angle, I have specifically explored the feasibility of international feminist solidarity, the origins and impact of the East-to-West shift of transnational popular culture, and cinematographic depictions of immigrant communities in France.
My publications include the articles "Baya Revisited: Identity Expression and the Insights of Art Therapy" in The International Journal of the Humanities (2010), "Baya Mahieddine: Beyond Borderlands" in the Shippensburg Journal of Modern Languages (2011), and "Cultural markers in the dusk of tradition: Hélé Béji's metaphoric landscaping of Tunisia's heritage in L'œil du jour and Une force qui demeure" in the Contemporary Francophone African Intellectual (2013).
Since the age of twelve, I have had a lifelong passion for discovering and understanding French and Francophone cultures. Some of my most meaningful and memorable experiences have been during my travels to Québec, France, Tunisia, and Morocco. I have also always had an ecologist side to me due to my fascination for the beautiful complexity of nature...with a particular interest in mosses! When I have time, I enjoy hiking, skiing, drawing, painting, playing guitar, and dancing (international folk dance).