I am a Visiting Lecturer of French in the Department of Romance Languages at Williams College (Williamstown, MA) and Lecturer of French for the Penn State World Campus. As of December 2018, I hold a Ph.D. in French from Penn State. I am a scholar of contemporary France in the field of French culture studies, and in my research I examine how cultural initiatives impact the creation of livable spaces in French cities. More broadly, my research interests include urban studies, modernity and postmodernity, 20th- and 21st-century French literature, the poetics of space, and sustainability.
I received a Chateaubriand Fellowship for fall 2016 to conduct on-site research in Angoulême, Lyon, and Nantes. These three cities served as case studies for my dissertation, entitled “Oikos: Sustainability, Dwelling, and Culture in Urban France.” In my first book, I will expand my dissertation analysis to two pairs of twin cities: Roubaix-Tourcoing and Cergy-Pontoise. I published part of my research findings in a 2018 article that appeared in Contemporary French Civilization. I have also presented my research at conferences held in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
I have extensive experience teaching both online and in residence, and have also maintained an active interest in the digital humanities, especially as they inform fresh approaches to classroom instruction.