News and Announcements

Congratulations to the following students who graduated on Sunday, May 29th, 2022.

  • Benjamin Connor
  • Roxana Moazami
  • Grâce Ouédraogo
  • Elena Panzitta
  • Ivy Scott


Congratulations to the following students who graduated on Sunday, May 2nd 2021.

  • Rachel Ann (French & Francophone Studies and German Studies)
  • Caleb Eickmann  (French & Francophone Studies and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
  • Hannah Hellerstedt (French & Francophone Studies and Architecture)
  • Poom Pipatjarasgit (French & Francophone Studies, Anthropology, and Latin American & Caribbean Studies)
  • Joey Reindl  (French & Francophone Studies and Education Studies)



Congratulations Professor Alani Hicks-Bartlett!

Professor Alani Hicks-Bartlett has been awarded a prestigious Solomon Award by the university for her translation project Soutenez moi, li max d'amours m'ocit (Sustain me, for lovesickness is killing me).   






March 2021




Congratulations to David Wills

David Wills’s book Prosthesis, originally published in 1995, was republished by the University of Minnesota Press in a 25th anniversary edition with a preface by Jacques Derrida.  

The following events were organized in connection with this republication:

Conference panel, "Processing Prosthesis," 20/21st Century French and Francophone Studies Conference:  

New Books Network Podcast with Brown Comparative Literature alumnus Britt Edelen:






March 2021


FREN0220: Reading French in the Arts and Sciences

Please note this course has been cancelled for Summer 2020.

Congratulations to Benjamin Fancy

The Department of French Studies congratulates Benjamin Fancy  for successfully defending his dissertation, “Within Limits: Seeking Interiority in Seventeenth-Century French Fiction” on April 24, 2020. 


Congratulations to Brigitte Stepanov

The Department of French Studies congratulates Brigitte Stepanov for successfully defending her dissertation, "In-Human: Visions of Cruelty in Twentieth and Twenty-First-Century French and Francophone Texts" on April 7, 2020. 


Congratulations to Christopher Robison 

The Department of French Studies congratulates Christopher Robison for successfully defending his dissertation, "From Romantic Teleology to Decadent Animal Activism: Human-Animal Sympathy in the 19th-century French Novel" on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. 



Farewell Annie and Youenn! 

After many years of service and teaching, Professors Annie Wiart and Youenn Kervennic will be retiring. They will be missed very dearly and we wish them all the best in this new chapter of their lives. 

French Studies Ph.D. Student Receives 2018 Archambault Teaching Award 

The Department of French Studies is proud to announce that one of our graduate students, Brigitte Stepanov is the recipient of a 2018 Archambault Teaching Award. We wish Brigitte continued success during her remaining time at Brown and beyond. You can read the full story here


Winners of the 2017 Rochambeau House Ugly Sweater Contest! 

2nd place: José Mendoza, 1st place: Georgy Venot2nd place: José Mendoza, 1st place: Georgy Venot




Professor Mostefai Honored by the L'Ordre des Palmes Académiques

Professor Ourida Mostefai, Professor of French Studies and Comparative Literature at Brown, has been honored by the French Society, L’Ordre des Palmes Académiques with a promotion to the rank of Officer. The awarding of the promotion and associated decoration will take place in a ceremony on September 6, 2017, at the French Consul’s residence, in Cambridge, Mass.

L’Ordre des Palmes Académiques was established in 1808 by Napoléon in order to honor excellence in French education. The Palmes Académiques is the oldest non-military French decoration.

There are three ranks for those recognized, and each receives a decoration as follows:

  • Commandeur – a medallion worn on a necklet

  • Officier — a medallion worn on a ribbon with rosette on the left breast

  • Chevalier — a medallion worn on a ribbon on the left breast

Professor Mostefai was named a Chevalier in the Order in 2009. She joined the faculty at Brown in 2015, having previously served as Professor and Department Chair in the Romance Languages & Literatures Department at Boston College. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University, and a Licence de Lettres from the Université de Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle.  She is the author of two books on Rousseau (Le Citoyen de Genève et la République des Lettres and Jean-Jacques Rousseau écrivain polémique) as well as numerous articles on the French Enlightenment. Professor Mostefai is the co-editor of Rousseau and l’Infâme: Religion, Toleration, and Fanaticism in the Age of Enlightenment and Approaches to Teaching Rousseau’s “Confessions” and “Rêveries” and has edited Lectures de la Nouvelle Héloïse.

Her fields of research include 18th-century French literature and philosophy, the French Revolution, and critical digital scholarship.  As of July 1, Professor Mostefai is serving as the Director of the Centre D’Excellence within Brown’s Cogut Center for the Humanities.


Profiles in Summer Research: Antonia Shann
Merging learned experience with lived experience, Antonia Shann used her summer research award to co-create a French studies course on refugee and immigrant experiences. 
Read the full story here


French Studies Concentrator Featured on Brown Homepage

"Whenever I tell people outside of Brown that I'm concentrating in public policy and French Studies, they typically struggle to find a connection, but Brown understands that I can study history, policies, and populations across majors, languages, and countries!"
Read the full text here


April 12-14, 2017

Colloque International des Études Françaises et Francophones des 20ème et 21ème siècles
"Sous les pavés" 
Call for papers/appel à communications



Congratulations to the following students who will be graduating on Sunday, May 28th.  

Doctor of Philosophy
Sonja Stojanovic (French & Francophone Studies)

Master of Arts
Benjamin Fancy (French & Francophone Studies)

Rebecca Krasner (French & Francophone Studies)

Bachelor of Arts
Elizabeth Farrier (French & Francophone Studies)
Nikhil Kumar (French & Francophone Studies & Economics)
Devon Nir (French & Francophone Studies & Political Science)
Daniel Rapuano (French & Francophone Studies & Comparative Literature)
Ruby Stenhouse (French & Francophone Studies & History of Art & Architecture)
Ryan Walsh (French & Francophone Studies & Biology)
Joseph Zappa (French & Francophone Studies & Comparative Literature)



Professor Emerita Sanda Golopentia was awarded an honorary doctorate by Apollonia University in Iași, Romania on March 2, 2017.



Merci à tous ceux qui ont participé à notre concours de photographie ! 
Voici les trois contributions gagnantes:

1. Ciprian Buzila: Un rayon de soleil se faufile dans l’allée et m’invite en direction du château. Je suis en vacances, coupé du monde et je marche seul dans ce lieu où le temps se trouve suspendu.
Été 2012. Château de Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher, France. 

2. Christine Collins: « Qu'est-ce que c'est qu'un parapluie ? Est-ce ce qu'il vous protège de la pluie ? À Arles, c'est quelque chose d'autre. On ne connaît pas exactement son utilité, mais ça, c'est la beauté. »

3. Kate Talerico: Pour moi, je ne peux pas imaginer une photo plus française. Le béret, la cigarette pendouillant de la bouche, la chemise rayée en noir et blanc, l'écharpe, les marrons chauds, la crème de marron et noisette — tout ensemble, c'est une image complètement stéréotypée de la France. Cette photo a été prise à Chambéry, une petite ville de 60 000 habitants à côté des Alpes, pendant un marché de Noël. Chaque ville en France a son propre marché de Noël, et chacun offre de la nourriture typique de la France, comme des marrons, des crêpes avec du Nutella, et des gaufres.


Congratulations to Valentine Balguerie (PhD 2015) on her appointment as Assistant Professor at Randolph-Macon College.

Congratulations to Sonja Stojanovic (PhD 2017) on her appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame.

Congratulations to Benjamin Fancy (PhD Candidate) on his selection as a Brown-Wheaton Faculty Fellow for 2017-18.  

Congratulations to staff members José Mendoza, Mary Oliver and Kathleen Wiggins for their Brown University Team Excellence Award for Efficiency (2016).


OCT. 27 - 29
42nd Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference
"La Terre" 

Please click here to view the conference program


The Department of French Studies would like to congratulate Dr. Sonja Stojanovic on a successful dissertation defense which took place on Friday, August 26, 2016.  




This past semester, students of the French Studies Department as well as other francophone students at Brown compiled a new literary journal, "Mot pour mot," to showcase their work.  An on-line version of this literary journal can be found here: Mot pour mot - printemps 2016




We congratulate our colleague, Pierre Saint-Amand, on his appointment as the Benjamin F. Barge Professor of French at Yale University.  Professor Saint-Amand, currently the Francis Wayland Professor of French Studies and professor of comparative literature at Brown University, will assume his new position on July 1, 2016.  A reception to celebrate his 29 years of service at Brown University is planned for May 25, 2016. 


The 42nd Annual Colloquium on 19th Century French Studies will take place from October 27 - 29, 2016 at Brown University.  The colloquium will be coorganized by Professor Gretchen Schultz.  For more information, please visit:

Call for PapersCall for PapersAppel à communicationsAppel à communications


Professor Stéphanie Ravillon was awarded the Harriet W. Sheridan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching & Learning and the Karen T. Romer Award for Excellence in Advising. She was recognized at the University Awards Ceremony on May 4th, 2015.

2015 Sheridan Center Teaching Award Winners2015 Sheridan Center Teaching Award Winners





Harriet W. Sheridan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning: Dean of the Faculty Kevin McLaughlin with Lecturer in French Studies, Stephanie Ravillon.Harriet W. Sheridan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning: Dean of the Faculty Kevin McLaughlin with Lecturer in French Studies, Stephanie Ravillon.