Sophie Capmartin is originally from Bordeaux, France. She received her BA and MA (D.E.A.) in philosophy from the University Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux III. She focused her research on the Russian critic, Michael Bakhtin. After obtaining her certification for teaching elementary education (CRPE), she taught for 9 years: 2 years in France and 7 years in Louisiana French immersion programs. In 2013, she obtained her MA in Romance language from University Of New Orleans. She is especially interested on exploring the impact that literary texts can have on redefining the philosophical field,with regards to concepts involving nation and identity.
Tamara Bentley Caudill holds a B.A. from Transylvania University and an M.A. from the University of Kentucky. She specializes in 12th and 13th century French literature, with particular emphasis on lais, fables, and fabliaux. She is interested in gender, performance, and reception.
Alison Chanslor received her BA in English literature and French from the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 2011, she earned her Masters in French from Tulane, writing her thesis on the postage stamps commemorating the 1931 Colonial Exposition in Paris. She continues to work on her doctorate focusing on 20th century literature and the visual images of advertising, cinema and the plastic arts.
Casey Czajka received her BA from the College of William and Mary where she double-majored in French and Government. As a graduate student at Tulane, her research focuses on the politics of death and mourning in France and the francophone world.
Annie Doucet received her BA in French from Southeastern Louisiana University with a minor in biology. Her research interests currently include art history of the Belle Époque and the role of religion in French history and literature.
Stephanie Dultz received her BA in French and Sociology/Anthropology from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA. She spent the 2010-2011 school year as an English language teaching assistant in Mirecourt, France. Her research interests currently include contemporary French literature, Franco-Jewish identity, and gastronomy.
Heather Frost received her BA in Anthropology and French from the University of Notre Dame. Her current research interest is the nineteenth century and concepts of the environment in view of expanding geological knowledge, growing industry, and historical social upheavals of the era.
Nicole Horne is a native of New Orleans. She received her B.A. in French Studies at Louisiana State University. Prior to pursuing her PhD at Tulane University, Nicole spent one year as a teaching assistant in France and one year working in a French immersion school in New Orleans. At the moment, her research interests include postcolonial and transnational literatures, cultural studies and diaspora, as well as artist movements and the avant-garde.
Julia Gueron earned her B.A. in French from Claremont McKenna College, where she also studied abroad at Sciences Po Bordeaux. She is originally from Los Angeles, California. Before entering Tulane’s PhD program, she worked as an English TA in Crest, France and as a translator. Her research interests include the theme of intellectual engagement and responsibility in French literature during and after WWII and the French Purge trials, and her more general interests include the intersection between politics, literature, and ethics and the rise of the “celebrity intellectual”.
Aliyah Johnson received her BA in French and International Studies from Wilson College. Her research interests include identity and sexuality in the work of francophone women authors, especially from the Caribbean.
Ryan Joyce has a BA in History and French Literature from Binghamton University (State University of New York). His primary research concerns questions of identity, history, and narrative in francophone Caribbean and West African literature. Fields of interest include Latin American Studies, Francophone Studies, French Atlantic History, diaspora and transnationalism, translation studies, poetry, and film.
Meagen Moreland received her BA in French Language and Literature from The George Washington University and her MA in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she completed her master’s thesis: “Madame ma chère fille: The Performance of Motherhood in the Correspondence of Madame de Sévigné, Marie-Thérèse of Austria, and Joséphine Bonaparte to their Daughters”. As a PhD candidate at Tulane, she is focused on issues of national identity and immigration in contemporary France and North Africa, as well as feminine autobiographical writing and the maternal voice.
Nathan Rabalais Born in Eunice, Louisiana, Nathan Rabalais received his B.A. in music from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2007 and pursued graduate studies in musicology at the University of Strasbourg. He obtained an M.A. in French at UL Lafayette, specializing in Louisiana language and culture and North American Francophone literature. Currently, his main research interests include Louisiana French dialects, oral tradition and music of South Louisiana. More recent research topics and projects include popular and community theatre among Francophone minorities, adult literacy for native Cajun French speakers and dialect pedagogy.
Marshall L. Smith graduated in May 2012 with a MA in French from the University of ArizonaTucson with a specialization in Applied Linguistics and Francophone Studies. He has also studied and worked as a lecteur d’anglais at the Institut d’Anglais, Charles V-Paris 7 Denis Diderot. In 2008-09, he was the recipient of the Senator John Breaux Fellowship to study French as a Second Language at the Université de Mons-Hainaut in Mons, Belgium offered by La Communauté Wallonie-Bruxelles and CODOFIL. His research interests concern representations of the queer subaltern body in the French cultural context and “metaphorical cannibalism” vis-à-vis the French institutions of slavery and colonialism in terms of the objectification and consumption of black, brown, and yellow bodies in the works of André Gide, Marguerite Duras, and Charles Baudelaire among others.
Elsa Stéphan was educated in France. She studied literature in classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles before entering La Sorbonne school of communications (CELSA), where she majored in media studies. She served as a teaching assistant at Bard College, New York, for a year and then received a M.A in political science from l’institut d’études Politiques (“Sciences Po”), in Strasbourg, France. As a graduate student at Tulane, her current research interests focus on contemporary French literature, and more precisely on slam poetry.
Traylor Kristina received her Master’s degree in French from Middlebury College Language Schools. While participating in the C.V. Starr Study Abroad program, she completed coursework at the Sorbonne (Paris 1 and 3), the Ecole de la Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris (ECCIP) and the Institut Catholique de Paris. She obtained a Diploma of French Business with highest mention from the ECCIP as well as a Diploma of Fine Arts with highest mention from the Institut Catholique de Paris. She has taught all levels of French, from kindergarten to university level, at various private schools and Auburn University. She recently completed a year of doctoral-level coursework in Paris at the Sorbonne (Paris 1) and Centre Middlebury. She also was invited to attend doctoral conferences in French cultural and social history at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. While living in Paris for a year, she was an English instructor at Epitech, a computer engineering university. Her research interests lie in musical representations in French cultural and social history. Her Master’s thesis was “Louis XIV et Jean-Baptiste Lully: power and political propaganda in cultural representations during the Versailles era”. Her current dissertation research is focused on the influence of the press on the development of modern group music in Paris during the “entre-deux-guerres” period.
Carole Trévise Received her BA from the University of Reims and the University of Bretagne Occidentale. She obtained the examination for teaching French language and literature (CAPES) in France, and she then taught during 7 years: 4 in France and 3 in New Orleans. She obtained at the same time her Master in Romance Literature at UNO, and she is also currenty finishing a second Master at University of La Sorbonne-Nouvelle in Didactic of French as a second language. She is also a teacher from the CNED in charge of the training of American teachers who want to specialize in teaching French as a foreign language. As a PhD student, her research interests focus on XIXth century French literature and especially the notions of religion, morale and sacred in conflicts with sciences in Balzac, D'Aurevilly and Zola's novels. She is also interested in Faulkner and is working to integrate this author to her researches.
Vendula Vlasakova obtained her secondary high school degree in Nimes France. Afterwards, she finished her undergraduate studies in the University of CharlesIV in Prague where she graduated in French and Italian. At UNO, she obtained an M.A. in romance languages. Right now, she is working on a Ph.D. in French. Her area of concentration is French political thought in the 20th century.
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