Current Graduate Students


Ph.D. Program in French and Francophone Studies
Current Students

 

ELISE BOULEY

License in Lettres Modernes, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France, 2016
Master 1 in Lettres Modernes, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France, 2017
M.A in French Studies, North Carolina State University, 2019

Research interests: Nineteenth-century French thought and culture; construction of female sexuality and madness; contemporary fashion; fashion and dance theory; identity and spaces; the intersections between pain and beauty.

SOPHIE BRUNAU-ZARAGOZA

Licence in English, Université François Rabelais, Tours, France, 2013.
Master 1 in English, Université François Rabelais, Tours, France, 2016.
M.A. in French, Michigan State University, 2016.

Research interests:  21st century French society, political and social theory, radicalism, cultural studies, feminism and gender studies, ecocriticism and environmental activism.

VICTORIA CHEFF

B.A. in French Studies, Colby College, 2018.
M.A. in French and Romance Philology, Columbia University, 2020.

Research Interests: 19th and 20th century literature, poetry, constructions of lesbian desire, queer studies, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition. 

MARY CLAIRE LESSARD

B.A. in French, St. Olaf College, 2010.
M.A. in French and Francophone language, literature and culture, University of Kansas, 2017.

Research interests: 16th-century French literature and society, female writers and narrative strategies, the Querelle des femmes, and “social media” of the Renaissance.

KATHERINE CLARK

B.S. in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016.

Research interests:  20th and 21st century literature, autobiography, psychoanalysis, film, and the cross-fertilization between literary and visual works of art

ABIGAIL CULPEPPER

B.A. in French and Linguistics, Miami University, 2019.
M.A. in French, Miami University, 2019.

Research interests: 19th and 20th century literature, especially poetry; critical theory; environmental humanities and posthumanism; feminist approaches to psychoanalysis; literary ethics. 

RYAN ATTICUS DOHERTY

B.A. in French, Washington Lee University, 2014.
B.S. in Biology, Washington Lee University, 2014.

Research interests:  19th century decadent literature and medical history, Eastern European literatures, 19th century intellectual history, aesthetics, and psychoanalysis

CHANELLE DUPUIS

B.A. in French and Spanish, Florida State University, 2020.

Research interests19th and 20th century French and Francophone literature, smell studies, the senses, perception, trauma studies, gender studies, French women writers, Québécois literature
JESSE MARIE KERUSKIN

B.A. in French, Washington and Jefferson College, 2018
M.A. in French Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020

Research Interests :
Sixteenth-century French lyric poetry, La Pléiade & L’École de Lyon, astronomy & astrology, meteorology, cartography & navigation, cosmography, History of Science, Early Modern mechanics, the Copernican Revolution, geocriticism, intersections of science, aesthetics and philosophy

MARK LEUNING

Diplôme avancé d'études françaises, Université Rennes II, 2007.
B.A. in French, Western Washington University, 2008.
B.Mus. in Vocal Performance, Western Washington University, 2008.
M.Mus. in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance,
The Boston Conservatory, 2014.

Research interests: 
Poetry of the 19th century, mélodie française, gender and sexuality studies, poetry and music, tragédie en musique, phonetics and lyric diction, second language acquisition, performance studies


KAITLYN QUARANTA

B.A. in French and Philosophy, Boston College, 2014.
M.A. in French, Boston College, 2016. 
A.M. in French Studies, Brown University, 2019.

Research interests:
Enlightenment literature and philosophy, encyclopedias and dictionaries, intellectual history, digital humanities, film. 

Dissertation in progress: "System and Knowledge in the Encyclopédie"

LAURIN WILLIAMS

B.A. in French, Boston University, 2014.

Research interests:  20th and 21st century French and francophone literature; ecocriticism; cinema; literary and cultural theory

MIA WILLIAMS