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French PhD Alumni

Graduates of the French PhD program at Pitt are researching, teaching, publishing, and working at the highest levels of university administration in academic institutions throughout the US and abroad. Of the PhDs who have graduated in the last ten years, close to 90% (14 out of 16) found full-time academic jobs; nearly two-thirds of these jobs were tenure-track positions.

Pitt's PhDs in French teach or have taught full time at such institutions as Ball State U, Barnard College, California State U at Long Beach, Florida Institute of Technology, Gettysburg College, Hood College, Iowa State U, U of Glasgow, U of Missouri-Kansas City, U of New Mexico, U of Vermont, and Washington College. For featured alumni profiles, see here.

2013

Jennifer Lawrence

Dissertation title: "Sade-Omizing Sexuality: Deconstructing the Gender Binary Through the Sadian Sexual Predator"

Dissertation director: Todd Reeser

 

Charles-Louis Morand-Métivier

Assistant Professor of French, University of Vermont

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Research interests:

Dissertation title: "Apprendre des Massacres: Emotions et Nation dans la littérature du Moyen-âge et de la Renaissance"

Dissertation director(s): Todd Reeser and Renate Blumenfield-Kosinski

 

Amy Romanoski

Dissertation title:  "Subject/Abject/Object: Reconfiguring Desire in Contemporary French Cultural Production"

Dissertation director:  Todd Reeser

 

2012

Yahya Laayouni

Assistant Professor of Arabic and French, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Email: ylaayouni@bloom.edu

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Dissertation title: "Redefining Beur Cinema: Constituting Subjectivity through Film"

Dissertation Director(s): Giuseppina Mecchia and Randall Halle (German)

Zach Moir

Dissertation title: "Sex With Wittgenstein: Language, Narrative, and Repetition in Duras, Sartre and Genet"

Dissertation director:  Giuseppina Mecchia

Marina Starik

Dissertation title:" Morphologies of Becoming: Post human Dandies in Fin-de-Siècle France"

Dissertation director:  Giuseppina Mecchia

 

2010

Cary Campbell

E-mail: cac25@pitt.edu

Dissertation title: "The Discursive Construction of the Ivorian Nation in the Period of Ivoirité"

Dissertation director: Roberta Hatcher

 

2009

Melissa Deininger

Assistant Professor, Iowa State University

E-mail: mdein@iastate.edu

Dissertation title: "After the Revolution: Terror, Literature, and the Nation in Modern France"

Dissertation director: Giuseppina Mecchia

Robert Fagley

Instructor of French, University of Memphis

E-mail: rmfagley@gmail.com

Dissertation title: "Bachelors, Bastards and Nomadic Masculinity: a study of illegitimacy in Maupassant and Gide"

Dissertation director: Giuseppina Mecchia

Teresa Johnson-Evans

E-mail: tjevans01@hotmail.com

Dissertation title: "History, Genre, Politics: The Cinema of Yamina Benguigui"

Dissertation director: Giuseppina Mecchia

 

2008

Amy Lynelle

Visiting Lecturer in French, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
E-mail: areinsel@iupui.edu
Dissertation title: "Poetry of Revolution: Romanticism and National Projects in the 19th Century Haiti"
Dissertation Director: Giuseppina Mecchia

 

2007

Gabriella Baika

Assistant Professor, Florida Institute of Technology

E-mail: gbaika@fit.edu
Research interests: Romance languages and literatures (early modern)
Dissertation title: "Lingua indisciplinata: A Study of the Sins of the Tongue in the Romance of the Rose and the Divine Comedy.”

Dissertation directors: Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski and Dennis Looney (Italian)


Alison Halasz

Instructor, University of Pittsburgh
E-mail: alisonvort@hotmail.com or alv19@pitt.edu
Web page: www.alisonhalasz.com
Dissertation title: "Henri Michaux, poet-painter"
Dissertation directors: Roberta Hatcher and Daniel Russell


Nacer Khelouz

Assistant Professor of French
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures

E-mail: khelouznacer@umkc.edu
Dissertation title:"Le roman algérien de langue française de l’entre-deux guerres à l’épreuve du politique: en lisant Robert Randau et Abdelkader Hadj Hamou" 

Dissertation director: Philip Watts

 

2006

Aparna Nayak-Guercio

Associate Professor of French, California State University, Long Beach

E-mail: anayakgu@csulb.edu
Dissertation title: “The project of Liberation and the projection of national identity. Calvo, Aragon, Jouhandeau, 1944-1945”
Dissertation director: Philip Watts

 

2005

Djehane Hassouna

E-mail: dahst27@pitt.edu
Dissertation title: “The Echo of Solitude in the Romantic Representations of the Sea: Multivalence of a Motif in Romance Literatures”
Dissertation directors: Giuseppina Mecchia and Yves Citton

 

2004

Noemie Parrat

Dissertation title: "Zola’s Woman as Unnatural Animal"
Dissertation Director: Giuseppina Mecchia

James Tarpley

Dissertation title: "The Algerian Island in the Novels of Albert Camus: The End of the Pied-Noir Adventure Tale"
Dissertation director: Philip Watts

 

2003
Susan Dudash

E-mail: sjdudash@yahoo.com
Dissertation title: "Giving Voice to the People: Rhetoric, History, and Literary Representations of Social Conflict in the Late Middle Ages"
Dissertation director: Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski

 

2001

Pamela Pears

Associate Professor of French, Washington College

E-mail: ppears2@washcoll.edu
Dissertation title: "Women’s Words: Postcolonial Francophone Literature in Viet Nam and Algeria"
Dissertation director: Philip Watts

Rajeshwari Vallury

Associate Professor of French, The University of New Mexico

E-mail: rvallury@unm.edu
Book title: University of Toronto Press: “‘Surfacing’ the Politics of Desire: Literature, Feminism and Myth.”

Dissertation director:

 

1997

Dolores Buttry

Assistant Professor (German), University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
E-mail: djb59@pitt.edu

Mark Sanford

Associate Dean of Graduate & Continuing Studies
Assistant Professor of Modern Languages, Muskingum College
E-mail: msanford@muskingum.edu

 

1996

Linda Rouillard

Associate Professor, University of Toledo

E-mail: linda.rouillard@utoledo.edu

Dissertation topic: "Incest, marriage and penance in Philippe de Remi's La Manekine"

Dissertation director: Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski

 

1995

Didier Course

Professor of French, Hood College

E-mail: dcourse@hood.edu

Dissertation topic: "Le sceptre et le diamant: metamorphoses du pouvoir et genese d’un imaginaire moderne (1560-1685)"

Dissertation director: Daniel Russell

1994

Laurence Grove

Reader in French, University of Glasgow

Director, Stirling Maxwell Centre for the Study of Text/Image Cultures
E-mail: L.Grove@french.arts.gla.ac.uk

Dissertation topic: "Emblematics and seventeenth-century French literature: Descartes and La Fontaine"

Dissertation director: Daniel Russell


 


 

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