University of Pittsburgh



Graduate Students


Karen Adams

Karen Adams

Karen Adams received a BA in History and French from Vassar College in 2003. Currently a PhD candidate, her dissertation deals with the intersection of gender identity and kinship in three medieval French texts in which female characters cross-dress and/or undergo a divinely-ordained sex change: Tristan de Nanteuil, Yde et Olive, and Le Roman de Silence.



Emmanuelle Ben Hadj



Eleonore Bertrand

Eleonore BertrandEléonore received her M.A. in English and American Literature and Civilization from the Université Paris-X, Nanterre, where she wrote her thesis on two first First Ladies and their pioneering role in the shaping of the American nation. She is currently a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the French Program and working on her dissertation entitled The Failure of the Self:  Siblings, Twins, and Best Friends in French Modernity. She is the recipient of a Lillian B. Lawler Fellowship for 2011-2012 and she now lives in New Haven, CT with her husband Leonel. She nurtures a deep interest in the transitional nation rebuilding itself from the shipwreck of past events. Her primary research interests include the notion of exile in 19th-century France, particularly the sentiment of étrangeté. Chateaubriand and Madame de Staël embody a generation of men and women that is lost in the present and who paradoxically find themselves constrained to live a life in abeyance. Finally, she loves writing, and is particularly interested in the oulipian creative / recreative act of writing. 

Maxime Bey-Rozet

Maxime Bey-RozetMaxime Bey-Rozet is a Ph.D. candidate in Film Studies with a concentration in French. He holds a BA in English and Spanish Literatures from the Université catholique d'Angers, and an MA in Film Studies from the Université de Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne. His current research interests lie in the representation of bodily violence in French cinema and literature during the first half of the 20th century.


Matthew Blair



Cole Cridlin

Gabriel Boyer

Cole Cridlin is a first-year student in the PhD program with MA en-route.  He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007 and holds degrees in English, French, and Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies.  He is most interested in sexuality studies, more specifically the intersections of geography and identity formation.  When not studying, Cole can likely be found doing one of the following: binding handmade books, reading poetry, drinking a cup of tea, or growing something.



Marguerite Deon

Anna Dimitrova


Dimitrova, Anna

Annie earned an MA in Early Childhood Education and a Minor in French from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. Later, she received a second MA in French and Francophone World Studies from the University of Iowa. She is currently an ABD, Ph.D. Candidate in Film Studies with Concentration in French. Her broad research interests include the theme of marginalization, displacement and exile in 20th and 21st century France and Quebec. Most recently, her research focuses on Francophone contact zones, and their inherent phenomena of bilingualism and translanguaging. She is a recipient of the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for the 2014-2015 Academic Year and the 2015 Klinzing Grant for Dissertation Research on the European Union.

Jonathan Devine




Brendan Ezvan


Brendan EzvanBrendan Ezvan received his B.A. in French and English (with a concentration in British literature) from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri (2014). He is broadly interested in theorizations of the body, materialism, and affect in 20th and 21st century French literature, focusing in particular on traditions of the Gothic and avant-garde. His current work approaches the strange or excessive materiality of the body in recent French and Francophone cinema through the lens of queer theory and the problem of transgender embodiment.




Anne Ganster

Anne Ganster

Anne Ganster is currently in her fifth year of the Ph.D. program in French literature.  Her dissertation, entitled “Entre Nous: Revealing the Private in Contemporary French and Québecois Women’s Autofiction,” argues that autofiction functions as a political tool for women writers that allows them to gain agency outside of a gendered framework by representing their lived, bodily experiences in a paradoxically impersonalized way.  They do so by reworking established forms of narration such as the tragic, erotic, and comedic genres.  Her research interests include 20th and 21st century French and Francophone literature, women’s writing, and autobiography.  Her article “Le Premier Homme d’Albert Camus: l’individu de l’autofiction et de la Méditerranée” was recently published in the Cahiers du GRELCEF.

Sylvia Grove

Sylvia Grove Sylvia Grove received her B.A. in French and Creative Writing from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA, after which she served as an assistante d’anglais at the Lycée Gustave Eiffel in Talange, France. At Pitt, she focuses on questions of food and identity politics in 20th century French literature. She received her M.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014.


Jonathan Lusty




Jennifer Boum Make

Jennifer Boum Make

Jennifer is a French native speaker. She received both her BA and MA degrees in English from the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre. After a year of teaching in Shakespeare country, she first came to Pitt as an exchange in the fall of 2012 and is currently in the second year of the PhD in French literature with MA en route.

Her Master’s thesis is entitled: “The Individual in Space before and after 9/11”. Her primary interests in spatial aesthetics, urban spaces and the spatial construction of the individual continue with questions of temporal and spatial crossings and their impact on iterations of nationhood. Jennifer’s primary research interests are focused on the exploration of conceptual and theoretical intersections between Caribbean and Mediterranean literatures, especially Algerian and Moroccan.



Phoebe Marshall


Maeva Mateos

Maeva Mateos Maeva is a PhD candidate in French. This year is her 6th and final year in the program. She is currently working on her dissertation entitled: “Scandal, Stardom, and Intimacy: Crafting the Celebrity Actress in 18th-Century France.” Supported by an Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year, Maeva intends to complete and defend her dissertation by August 2015. Her research interests include: celebrity studies, early modern women, and 18th-century print culture.


Delphine Monserrat

Delphine Monserrat

Delphine, a French native, is currently working towards a PhD in French Literature. She received her B.A. in English, her M.A. in English and her M.A. in Teaching French as a Foreign Language from the Université Paris IV Sorbonne. Her research interests include second-language acquisition, translation and comparative stylistics.


Katie Moriarty

Katie MoriartyKatie double-majored in International Studies/Political Science and French at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (BA 04). As a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, she received a DEA in Etudes europeennes (politique, economique et societe) from the Institut europeen de l'Universite de Geneve. In the Fall of 2007, she began the PhD program in French Literature and Politics. Katie is particularly interested in the French nation of the late 20th and 21st centuries. For her dissertation, she hopes to explore the effects of the European Union on the French nation in literature during these times periods.


Patoimbasba Nikiema



Emily Thompson

Emily Thompson 

Emily Thompson is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in French Language and Literature with a concentration in Romance Languages and Literatures - a mouthful of words which indicates a few of her basic interests: reading, writing, and learning languages. Having graduated from Grove City College with a B.A. in French and Spanish, these are Emily's primary languages of study, with Italian as a minor language of study (perhaps one day Portuguese will be added to her repertoire!). When she is not attending to her academic interests, Emily can be found enjoying time with her friends, thinking too much, making music, playing soccer, running on the trails of Moraine State Park, or visiting her family in New Jersey.


Paulina Tomkowicz

Tomkowicz, Paulina 

Paulina received her BA and MA degrees in Applied Linguistics, English and French, specializing in translation and teaching, from Maria Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland. Last year she obtained her Master’s in French Literature at Pitt and is now continuing towards a PhD degree. Her research interests include Cultural, Translation and Film Studies. Currently her work focuses on evolution of the role of formal constraints in French literature and its implications for the conflict between tradition and innovation. She is also developing her interest in pedagogy and teaching French. In her free time she jumps out of planes.



John Trenton

John Trenton 

John is a native of southwestern Pennsylvania, but received his BS in the Recording Industry from Middle Tennessee State University where he minored in French, Mathematics and Electro-Acoustics.  During his studies at MTSU, he participated in an exchange program and interned as an engineer for France Bleu Cotentin.  After graduating he was a language assistant at Lycée Boissy d’Anglas in Annonay, France.  During his travels, John nourished a taste for the culinary world and a strong interest in colonial politics and post-colonial identity. After working in the culinary field for several years, he decided to resume his studies and graduated from Arizona State University with his BA in French and is currently examining the rural and urban spaces affect the figuration of Algerian national identity and nationalism in Algerian literature of French expression.


Paul Wallace

Originally from the small town of Fairmont in West Virginia, Paul studied Foreign Languages (French and Spanish) at West Virginia University and received his BA in 2009. He stayed on at WVU for another two years during which he finished his MA in French Literature. He is interested by almost everything to do with French literature and culture and is making a mighty effort to coalesce these varied curiosities into a more focused corpus. In his spare time, Paul enjoys reading (obviously), camping, and dabbling in creative fiction.



Eufemia Baldassarre


eufemia baldassarre

Eufemia is a second year MA student in the Italian program. She is native of Italy where she received a ‘laurea triennale’ in Applied Linguistics (English and Spanish) and a Master’s in Translation from the University of Turin. She wrote her dissertation on the analysis of the Italian translation of The Human Comedy, a novel by Armenian-American William Saroyan. During her undergraduate career, she interned at Walt Disney World Resorts Orlando an experience that changed her life and drove her to advance both her professional and educational experiences in the United States. Eufemia’s interests focus on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the intersection between Humanism and philosophy, and Gender.

teaching Italian as a foreign language.



Jenna Berardino


Tylar Colleluori

tylar colleluoriTylar is a second year MA student in the Italian program.  She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014 with a BA in Italian Language and Literature, a double major in Anthropology, a minor in Linguistics, and a Certificate in Western European Studies with a concentration on European Humanities.  She was inducted into Gamma Kappa Alpha, a national Italian Honor Society.  She also studied abroad with the semester-long Pitt in Florence program in the spring of 2013 as an advanced-track student, and as a recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.  Tylar returned to Rome this summer as a teacher and Program Assistant for the Pitt in Rome Program.  Tylar would like to continue teaching Italian, and she also hopes to eventually obtain a PhD in the field.  Her interests include Medieval and Renaissance Theatre, the theatre of Pirandello, the diachronic linguistic development of the Italian language, and questions surrounding psychology and identity in literary works.



Eleonora Carboni

Eleonora Carboni Eleonora Carboni received her BA in Italian Literature and Linguistics from Università di Roma Tor Vergata in 2012. Her dissertation focused on the textbooks and the pedagogical methods used by the Italian school system during the first decades after the unification of the country (1861 – 1900 circa).  She received an MA in Linguistics from West Virginia University in 2015. Her major areas of interest include sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and language acquisition. She is currently studying towards an MA in Italian Literature; she is particularly interested in the Italian literary production during the Risorgimento




Donatella D'Aguanno

Donatella D'AguannoDonatella is native of Italy. She received her laurea triennale in Modern Languages and Culture from the University of Palermo; her laurea specialistica in Modern Languages and Literature from the University of Turin, her MA in English and TESOL from Youngstown State University. She has lived, studied, and worked as Italian and Spanish teacher in Spain, Ecuador, and UK. She is interested in the influence of Dante in the American literature and the study of Italian immigration and the Italian language in the Anglo-Saxon countries. She is considering developing an academic career in teaching Italian literature and Italian as a foreign language. 



Cinzia Delfini



Chiara Montera


Chiara MonteraChiara Montera is a student in the Italian Master's program.  She holds a degree from University of Florence in Contemporary History and a degree from University of Pisa in Cultural Mediation. She is most interested in Jewish Studies and the relationship between Jewish culture and the Catholic Church in the last two centuries. 


Tyana Truong

Tyana Truong

Tyana is a second year MA student in the Italian program. She received a BA in Italian Language & Literature and Political Science from Rutgers University in 2013, where she wrote her undergraduate thesis on the theme of love in Boccaccio’s Decameron.  During her undergraduate career, Tyana spent two summers studying Italian Language and Literature at the Università d’Urbino. Her research interests include the Italian Renaissance, and the roles of women during this time. After graduation, she plans to pursue teaching of Italian language and culture.








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