Associate Professor of French

From early on in my university studies, I was drawn to contemporary French and Francophone literatures and cultures, areas that have been enhanced by my study of film. What has intrigued me the most, and most inspired my writing, are the varying philosophical approaches found throughout the French-speaking world to wide-reaching social, historical, economic, and political phenomena: democracy and civil rights, religion, capitalism, economic disparity and class struggle, cultural expansionism and geopolitical status, the women’s movement, racism, immigration/emigration and integration, among others. The question of identity, whether individual or communal (i.e., gendered, ethnic, generational, socio-economic, regional, national), has become a central focus in my research and is the thread that connects the conference papers and articles I have written and my current research projects.
My approach to teaching is based on the belief that learning to speak a language or to appreciate an artistic work or to understand human history is inherently a social act. It connects us to other speakers, creators, and analytical minds. My foremost role as a teacher, therefore, is to foster this dialogue among the students and the cultural figures and representations we are studying. From there, students may further open their minds to the new or the foreign. To that end, I work to find imaginative ways to inspire students’ critical and original thinking and increase their desire to learn about themselves and the world.

Research and/or Creative Works



• The Algerian War Retold: Of Camus’s Revolt and Postwar Reconciliation (Routledge Publishers)

• “Justice for the ‘False Brother’: Albert Camus, Post-War Justice, and the Case of the Harkis.” Journal of the Albert Camus Society (forthcoming).
• “What does Charlie Hebdo have to do with US campuses?” Athenaeum Review 
• “This Strange Mother Tongue of Mine: An Exchange Between Camus’s Meursault and Daoud’s Haroun.” Journal of the Albert Camus Society (2018): 65-83.
• “The Abstraction of Self, Exile in France.” In Albert Camus Aujourd’hui: De L’Etranger au Premier homme.  In Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures.  Vol. 201. Ed. Tamara Alvarez-Detrell and Michael G. Paulson.  New York: Peter Lang, 2012: 97-110.
• “Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist: A New French Cinema Golden Age?”  (March 26, 2012). Web.
• “Giono’s Popular Front: la joie au grand air, idéologie réactionnaire? ”French Historical Studies 33.4 (Fall 2010): 575-603.
• “Immigration, Europe, and the Sarkozian Concept of Fraternité."  French Cultural Studies 21.2 (May 2010): 1-15.
• “Nicolas Sarkozy’s Historical and Political Transgressions: au service de la République?”  Contemporary French Civilization 34.1 (Winter/Spring 2010): 1-18.
• “The Limits to Love and Desire.”  The Bulletin of the Center for Holocaust Studies 13.2 (Spring 2009): 10-12.
• “Jean Giono: The Personal Ethics of an Author Writing Under the Occupation.”  The Journal of European Studies 38.3 (2008): 277-310.
• “Mina Tannenbaum as the Epilogue to the Shoah: Bearing Witness to the Death of French Jewry.”  The French Review 80.3 (February 2007): 650-62.
• “Irène Némirovsky: Right-Wing, Jewish, French.”  The Bulletin of the Center for Holocaust Studies 10.2 (Spring 2006): 1-3.
• “Azouz Begag’s Le Gone du Chaâba : Discovering the Beur Subject in the Margins.”  The French Review 77.6 (May 2004): 1151-64.
• “Le 11 septembre 2001.  Commentaire et revue de presse,” with Jean-François Fourny. Contemporary French Civilization 26.1 (Winter/Spring 2002): 111-23.
• "The Struggle for (Sexual) Being in Simone de Beauvoir's L'Invitée."  Simone de Beauvoir Studies 15 (1998-1999): 83-95.
• “Of Historical Hindsight and Oversight, and Why Reopening Giono’s Case Is a Worthy Endeavor.” H-France Salon. 2.1 (2010). University of Minnesota. n.d. Web.
• “Cultural Studies and the Dual Requirement of Reading.”  Profession 2008: Letters.
• Videotaped Interview on the topic of Simone de Beauvoir’s relationship with Nelson Algren for documentary Nelson Algren: The Road is Nothing, the Road is All.  Dir. Denis Mueller.  With Kurt Vonnegut and Studs Terkell. (premiered in Chicago, November 2014).
• Staging France Between the World Wars: Performance, Politics, and the Transformations of the Theatrical Canon, Susan McCready. The French Review (forthcoming).
• “Memories Written on the Body: Review of Annie Ernaux, The Years.” Trans. Alison L Strayer. Athenaeum Review 1 (Fall 2018): 71-74.
• The Némirovsky Question, Susan Rubin Suleiman. The French Review 92.1 (October 2018): 267-68.
•Albert Camus: Citoyen du Monde, Sophie Doudet, Marcelle Mahasela, Pierre-Louis Rey, Agnès Spiquel, Maurice Weyembergh, and Albert Camus, le souci des autres, Ève Morisi. The French Review (2015). 
• Rereading Lyotard, Heidi Beichis and Rob Shields, eds.  Contemporary French Civilization 39.2 (2014): 263-64.
• France, Film, and the Holocaust: From le génocide to la shoah, by Ferzina Banaji.  Journal of European Studies 43.3 (September 2013): 262-63.
• Taking French Feminism to the Streets: Fadela Amara and the Rise of Ni Putes Ni Soumises, Brittany Murray and Diane Perpich, eds. Contemporary French Civilization 37.2-3 (2012): 338-39.
• After the Fall: War and Occupation in Irène Némirovsky’s Suite Française, by Nathan Bracher.  Journal of European Studies 42.1 (March 2012): 90-91.
• The Jewish Women of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp, by Rochelle G. Saidel.  The Bulletin of the Center for Holocaust Studies  9.1 (Fall 2004): 10, 15.
• Le Dernier Livre du siècle: deux Américains enquêtent sur l’intelligentsia française au tournant du siècle, by Peter Schulman and Mischa Zabotin, eds.  Contemporary French Civilization 27.1 (Winter/Spring 2003): 179-81.
• French Film: Texts and Contexts, by Susan Hayward and Ginette Vincendeau, eds.  L’Esprit Créateur 42.3 (Fall 2002): 92.
• Taos Amrouche, Romancière, by Denise Brahimi.  Research in African Literatures 30.3 (Fall 1999): 224-27.
• Co-translator, “Pierre Bourdieu and Literature.”  By Jacques Dubois.  SubStance 29.3 (2000): 84-102.
• “Bourdieu’s Uneasy Psychoanalysis.”  By Jean-François Fourny.  SubStance 29.3 (2000): 103-12.
• Jean Paul Koenig's rev. of J.J. Rabearivelo, Literature and Lingua Franca in Colonial Madagascar, by Moradewun Adejunmobi.  Research in African Literatures 30.2 (Summer 1999): 232-33.
• Co-translator, "The Blank Spaces of Interculturality."  By Dominique D. Fisher.  Research in African Literatures 28.4 (Winter 1997): 85-100.

Awards and Recognition

Fellow in CUPS service-learning seminar (Spring 2005)
Faculty Recognition Award from French major in graduating class (Spring 2004)

Associations and Affiliations

American Association of Teachers of French
American Association of University Professors
Modern Language Association
Phi Kappa Phi

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Twentieth-century French and Francophone literatures, cultures, and film


  • Ph.D. French Cultural Studies, Ohio State University


  • (802) 656-3579
Office Location:

515 Waterman

Courses Taught

  • FREN 052: Intermediate Reading and Conversation II
  • FREN 101:  The Writing Workshop
  • FREN 104: Contemporary France
  • FREN 105: French Culture
  • FREN 107: Focus on Oral Expression
  • FREN 112: French Literature in Context II
  • FREN 131: French Civilization
  • FREN 132: Contemporary France
  • FREN 142: French Literature in Context II
  • FREN 195: Special Topics: The French School and Cultural Education
  • FREN 275: 20th Century Literature - Society and Writers
  • FREN 282: D2: Multiethnic France: 20-21st Century
  • FREN 292: Topics in French Culture: France's Culture Wars
  • FREN 294: Topics in French Cinema: Lights, Camera, Paris!
  • FREN 295: Advanced Special Topics: Sartre and Camus
  • FREN 296: Advanced Special Topics: Rebellion in Contemporary Fiction
  • HCOL 185: Honors College Sophomore Seminar: The Sword and the Pen: French Intelligence and War
  • HCOL 195: Honors College Sophomore Seminar: French/Franco Intellectuals and War
  • WLIT 095: Special Topics: TAP: The Pen and the Sword
  • WLIT 111: French Literature in Translation: French Intellectuals and the War