I came to Haverford College in 2016 from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Prior to West Point, I taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Ohio University, and Université de Paris III-Sorbonne nouvelle. I earned my Ph.D. in French from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a M.A. in French from Ohio University, and a M.A. in American Studies from the Université de Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle.
My research and teaching interests are grounded in 20th-21st Century French and Francophone Studies, cultural and visual studies, cultural memory studies, postcolonial studies, and women’s studies.
My monograph The Resistance Revisited in Cinema, Literature, bande dessinée and Television (1942-2012) examined the relationship between collective memory and popular culture through the fictional representations of the French Resistance in films, bandes dessinées, novels, poetry and television from World War II to the present day. My current book project studies French and Francophone cultural responses to terrorism from the 1940s to the present day.
In addition to my teaching and research, study abroad has been an important part of my career: I have created, directed and participated in undergraduate and graduate study abroad programs in Quebec, Tours, Avignon, Paris and West Africa. I am currently director of the Institut d’Avignon (six-week summer undergraduate and graduate program in French and Francophone studies) under the auspices of Bryn Mawr College.
Courses taught in the BiCo:
“Women in Resistance. Fighting for Freedom in France and in the Maghreb (1942-present)” (Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Gender and Sexuality Studies H290A)
Authors include: Beauvoir, Djebar, Despentes, Fanon, Mernissi, Joan W. Scott, Slimani
“L’Exil ou l’entre-deux.” (FR250: Introduction to Francophone Literature).
Authors include: Begag, Benguigi, Ben Jelloun, Césaire, Diome, Gatlif.
“Atelier d’écriture.” (FR212: Advanced Grammar, Composition and Conversation).
Authors include: Bâ, Camus, Le Clézio, Tournier, Vercors.
“Direction de la France contemporaine.” (FR105: French Civilization course.)
Authors include: Beauvoir, Benguigui, Camus, Olympe de Gouges.
“Le Héros en question.” (FR101: Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis.)
Authors include: Claire de Duras, Marie de France, Maupassant, Molière, Sembène.
Elementary and Intermediate French (FR001-004)
Courses taught at Bryn Mawr College and the Institut d’Avignon:
“Direction de la France contemporaine.” (FR105: French Civilization course)
Authors include: Beauvoir, Benguigui, Camus, Fanon, Saïdi.
“Guerre et fiction du XIXe siècle à nos jours.” (S274)
At the Institut d’Avignon. Authors include: Apollinaire, Barbusse, Kessel, Lemaitre, Maupassant, Stendhal, Zola.
Postcolonial theory (FR213: As part of “Theory in Practice”)
Authors include: Camus, Césaire, Fanon, Saïd.
“La Résistance au miroir de la fiction.” (S271)
At the Institut d’Avignon. Authors include: Aragon, Deniau, Eluard, Kessel, Milgram, Quint, Vercors.