Associate Professor, French
My courses focus on issues of immigration, French language and identity in contemporary France and in North American contexts, including Quebec, New England and Louisiana. At the 300-level I teach courses in French conversation that center on contemporary socio-cultural issues in France, and I also developed a course called French for the Professions that allows students to explore the professional uses of French in combination with their other disciplinary interests. My 400-level courses focus on Francophone cultures in North America and in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. I also teach a course on Senegalese hip-hop culture that culminates in a two-week trip to Senegal at the end of the semester.
Research, Scholarship or Creative/Artistic Interests
My research focuses on Francophone cultures of Quebec and New England, as well as Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. I am currently working on a book-length manuscript titled Into and Out of Quebec: Re-imagining Migrant French Canadian Literature, which explores the migrant literature of contemporary authors who have moved into Quebec alongside texts written by French Canadian authors who left Quebec in the 20th century to work in New England.
My recent publication in Quebec Studies examines the role of the French language in texts by Haitian-Quebecois author Marie-Celie Agnant in comparison to an early 20th-century text by New England author Camille Lessard-Bissonnette. I also have an article forthcoming in the Canadian Journal of American Studies, where I examine the role of the French language in the speeches made by the French Canadian elite to the communities established in New England.
My research interests also include second language acquisition, and I have published articles on my “3R Model” that provides strategies to help students understand the cultural perspectives of Francophone African literature. This research has extended into my work with hip-hop movements in Senegal, helping students gain access into the music and cultures of these linguistically diverse communities