Cole’s \research situates itself at the intersections of contemporary French studies and queer/sexuality studies. He is most interested in the relationship between sexual subjectivity formation/iteration as it relates to notions of rural and urban spaces. Titled “Wayward Movements: Toward a Queer French Anti-Metronormativity,” his dissertation considers a corpus of novels and films spanning from 2004 to 2017 that problematize the notion of metronormativity (a compulsory rural-to-urban migration narrative in the quest for a “fully realized” queer subjectivity). To this end, his work establishes what he calls “anti-metronormativity,” which complicates hegemonic notions of rural space in contemporary French and queer studies. Cole completed his PhD in fall 2022.