Graduate Students

Graduate Students and Teaching Staff


Valentine Balguerie received a Master's degree in Translation Studies (Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle 2008) as well as an MA in French literature from the University of Illinois in Chicago (2009). Her current interests are seventeenth century literature (and especially fairy tales), medieval literature, and early science fiction. She's especially intrigued by the idea of "character" at any given time, the rhetoric of gift, and the notion of humanity.


Sarah Bernthal received her B.A. in French studies from Pomona College in 2005 and her M.A. in French literature from New York University in Paris in 2006. She is interested in the relationship between law, literature, and the concept of human rights, and is currently writing a dissertation on condemnation and last words in 19th-century novels and memoirs. 


Shannon Bragg received an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Paris IV la Sorbonne in 2010 and a Licence in French language education from the same institution in 2008. Her main research interests include 19th and 20th century literature, film studies and aesthetics. 


Charlotte Buecheler is a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature. She received a licence de lettres modernes from University of Paris III-Sorbonne nouvelle in 2008. She studies the prose fiction of the French and English Renaissance with a focus on questions of reception, readership, and epistemology. 

[Office Hours Tuesday 11:00-12:00 & Thursday 12:00-1:00, Sarah Doyle Women's Center, Room 204]


Benjamin Fancy holds a BA in English and French from the University of Richmond, a Master's degree in English from the Université de Toulouse - Jean Jaurès, and a Master's degree in French from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He taught English as a Lecteur in Toulouse from 2011-2013. His current research interests include seventeenth-century literature and culture, fairy tale and folklore history and adaptation, and intersections of technology and literature.


Justin Gibson received a BA in French from Eastern Kentucky University and an MA in French from Middlebury College. His thesis was a study of the elements of les fêtes louis-quatorziennes and other courtly distractions, and their associations with the assurance of political power. His current interests include the literature and culture of the Early Modern period and regional identity in Early Modern France.  


Rebecca Krasner received her BA in French Language and Literature from Boston University in 2009. Her interests include 20th century and contemporary literature and cinema, translation, representations of the body, intersections between bodies and texts, and notions of the text (and language) as corporeal object.


 [Office Hours Thursday & Friday 11:00-12:00, Rochambeau House, Room 316-317]


Christopher Robison received his BA in Comparative Literature and French from the University of Rochester in 2009. His principal interests include the philosophy and fiction of the 17th and 18th centuries, early modern theories of language, and Franco-Russian literary interactions from the Enlightenment onwards. 


Anne-Caroline Sieffert has a BA and MA from University of Strasbourg, France, where she majored in European History. She published part of her MA dissertation as a contribution in "Le voyage au féminin. Perspectives historiques et littéraires" [] She also has an MA in French from Syracuse University, NY. Her academic interests include: soldiers trauma in pre-1940 French films; travel literature; urban literature. Her dissertation-in-progress is called "Women Travel Narratives: Navigating a Masculine Genre (1850-1900). She also serves as a consultant with the school board of Strasbourg on gender equality with the Mission Egalité Filles-Garçons. 


Sonja Stojanovic holds an M.A. in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Notre Dame, IN (2010). She is completing a dissertation in which she traces spectral gestures in 20th- and 21st-century novels by Georges Perec, Hélène Cixous, Patrick Modiano, and Marie Darrieussecq. Her research also focuses on the representation of childhood and the figure of the (bad) mother in contemporary literature (French, British, German). She has worked on and translated texts written about/during the French Revolution; her most recent project is a collaborative translation of the political writings of Olympe de Gouges. 


Anne-Gabrielle Roussel received her M.A. in Modern literature from université Rennes 2, France, in 2011. Her dissertation was entitled 'L'insignifiance du désir. Perversion, imaginaire et sentimentalité dans trois ouvrages de Roland Barthes". Her current interests include gender / sexuality studies, 19th and 20th centuries philosophy, political theory, and discourse analysis.  

[Office Hours Monday & Tuesday, 11:00-12:00, Rock Library] 


Jack Sieber received his B.A. in Media & Public Communication from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in 2009. His current research interests include Francophone Cinema, the intersections between literature and film, and the question of the 'other' in 20th and 21st century French literature. 

[Office Hours: Monday 10:00-12:00, Rochambeau House, Room 320]


Brigitte Stepanov received a B.A.H. in French Studies and Mathematics from Queen's University at Kingston. Her current research interests lie in 20th-century and contemporary literature and cinema, including the nouveaux romanciers, the deconstruction of character, memory, the limits of representation, Marguerite Duras, Éric Chevillard, and Samuel Beckett. Questions concerning Beckett revolve around the representation of the Self, the body, cruelty, compassion, and care. 

Brigitte Stepanov’s more general interests include poetry, Medieval literature, and comparative literature (Russian and English). In addition to this, she is interested in finding links between literature and mathematics, as well as literature and technology.  

[Office Hours Monday 1:00-2:00 & Tuesday 12:00-1:00, Rock Library]