Nawel is a PhD student in the French department. Originally from France, she studied British and American history and literature at the University of Nanterre-La Défense and graduated with a Master's degree. As a minor, Nawel studied pedagogy and trained as a teacher. Her interest in education first led her to work at UNESCO within the Higher Education Sector for a year. She then went on to teach English in different high schools in Paris for two years. After a year as an exchange student at FRIT Nawel realized how valuable her experience with the department was and decided to apply to the French PhD program.