Meet our Graduate Students

Elena Aleksandrova

Elena Aleksandrova

ea1170@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., Northwestern University; M.A., New York University

Research Interests

19th and 20th century literature and political movements; art and politics; the Paris Commune; cultural connections between France and Russia; cultural production of Russian émigrés in France.

Emile Anceau

Ph.D. student in French

Emile Anceau

ea1664@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., Université Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle; M.A., Université Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle (Comparative Literature)

Research Interests

Contemporary poetry, critical and literary theory, political theory and forms of radical democracy, anthropology of literature, theology.

Pierre Andre

Ph.D. candidate in French

Pierre Andre

pka216@nyu.edu

Education

M.A (French), University on Notre Dame M.A & B.A, Université Rennes 2 haute-Bretagne

Research Interests

My research focuses on the politics of nineteenth-century French travel writing. By considering the lettered tourist as a political commentator with a self-appointed mission to report on local affairs for a European readership, my dissertation reevaluates the role played by travelers in thinking through the political concepts of the nation states and nationalist feelings.

Research & Teaching interests include: “Voyage en Orient”, Orientalism, travel narratives, nationalism; French and European Enlightenment, Natural law and Human Rights; Francophonie from the Maghreb, Colonization, Decolonization, postcolonial nationalism(s).

Maria Beliaeva

Ph.D. candidate in French

Maria Beliaeva

mb4035@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., University of British Columbia; M.A., Rutgers; M.A., New York University

Research Interests

Irony and romantic subjectivity, theories of the sublime, sentiment and sensation, the poetics of aftermath and Unzeitlichkeit, excentricity, anachronism, narrative fragmentation and dismemberment, translation theory and practice, bibliophilia, onomastics, French and European romanticisms

Dissertation Title: “Secondarité: le romantisme frénétique en France”

Downing Bray

Ph.D. candidate in French

Downing Bray

db1876@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., Columbia University; M.A., New York University

Research Interests

21st century Haitian and French Caribbean literature; Francophonie; postcolonial theory; theories of space and architecture; the city in 19th and 20th century French and Comparative literatures; the intersections of the physical world (both visual and built) and the literary.

montenegro_sq

Ph.D. candidate in French

Ana Cristina Celestino Montenegro

acm569@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., Licence, DEUG, Paris I; M.A., University of São Paulo; M.A., New York University

Research Interests

Antique and Medieval arts of rhetoric and poetics (France and Italy); Brunetto Latini; Ambrogio Lorenzetti; Relation between text and image; History of art (including Brazilian art); Contemporary art and theory (also including Brazilian art); Literary criticism.

Christensen

Ph.D. candidate in French

Aileen Christensen

aac505@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., Brigham Young University

Research Interests

The Gothic and nineteenth-century medievalisms; symbols of the sacred, particularly the Virgin Mary; modern horses and the chivalric past.

cullen

Ph.D. student in French

Terrence Cullen

trc307@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., Amherst College; M.Phil., University of Cambridge

Research Interests

Medieval and Renaissance literature; lyric poetry and poetics; manuscript studies.

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Andrew Dubrov

asd323@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., University of Kansas; Maitrise, Université de Provence, Aix-Marseille I; M.A., New York University

Estournel

Ph.D. student in French

Nicolas Estournel

nge207@nyu.edu

Education

Licence, Montpellier III; M.A., University College London; M.A., New York University

Research Interests

19th- and 20th-century French Literature

Elena Aleksandrova

Jeanne Etelain

jeanne.etelain@nyu.edu

Education

Licence Humanités, Université Paris 10 Nanterre; Master de Philosophie, Université Paris 10 Nanterre

Research Interests

Contemporary French philosophy, critical theory, aesthetics, media theory, cinema, 20th literature

faller

Ph.D. candidate in French

Erica Faller

ecf261@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., Smith College; M.A., New York University

Research Interests

Late 19th and early 20th century fiction from Belgium, cultural diplomacy, interwar political movements and expatriates, regionalism(s).

Fedo

Ph.D. candidate in French

Amelia Fedo

af2400@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., Macalester College; M.A., New York University

Research Interests

The Romantic era; nineteenth-century mass culture; crime and punishment; visuality and spectacle; clothes and self-fashioning; social and geographic marginality

Filipiak

Ph.D. student in French

Anna Filipiak

ayf218@nyu.edu

 

Fokaidis

Ph.D. student in French

Athena Fokaidis

af2608@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., Providence College; M.A., Middlebury College

Frias

Ph.D. candidate in French

Camilo Frias

caf441@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., Reed College

Fuller

Ph.D. candidate in French

Jeffrey Fuller

jmf651@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., University of Central Oklahoma

Research Interests

Early to mid-20th century French literature; the intersection of aesthetics and politics; the left-wing avant-garde(s); historiography; Marxist theory and practice.

Garcia

Ph.D. student in French

Caitlyn Garcia

cg2251@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., William Paterson University; M.A., New York University

Research Interests

19th and 20th century literature; the relationship between literature and the sciences; historical and prehistoric fiction; science fiction before and after Jules Verne

Haouam_Tony

Ph.D. student in French and French Studies

Tony Haouam

twh265@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., La Sorbonne; B.A., M.A., CELSA - Paris Sorbonne

Research Interests

20th and 21st century Francophone literature; the construction of wit and conversation; language, humor and (social) class; sarcasm, political correctness and linguistic blunders; francophony in North-Africa; ease and unease in French education.

His current research focuses on the construction of wit, irony and sarcasm through a sociological lens, particularly after major events like the Paris attacks of November 2015. He has previously written about political correctness in American higher education and the social representations of the French language in Turkish and Algerian societies. His other interests include notions of the transclass, ease and unease in conversation – “sprezzatura”, linguistic blunders, the act of passing – in contemporary Francophone literature; and the figure of the schoolmaster in film.

ErikaHendrix

Ph.D. candidate in French

Erika Hendrix

ekh275@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., Oberlin College; M.A., New York University

Research Interests

19th and 20th French literature (especially fin-de-siècle), Colette, French cinema (pre-New Wave), film adaptation, feminist film theory, French feminism(s), gender and women's studies

johnson

Ph.D. candidate in French

Joseph Johnson

jrj299@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; M.A. and M.Phil., New York University

Research Interests

Medieval beast literature; manuscript studies; history of punctuation; psychoanalysis, especially Lacanian and Kristevan

Dissertation Title: "Animal Speech and Human Handwriting in the Fables of Marie and the Roman de Renart"

Kirby

Ph.D. student in French

Elizabeth Kirby

eak478@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., Barnard College

korneta

Ph.D. candidate in French

Aubrey Korneta

alk415@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; M.S., Fordham University; M.A./M. Phil., New York University

Research Interests

The representation of education, the school, and youth in 19th- 21st century literature and film, the sociology, history and philosophy of education in France and the United States, Autofiction, French Cinema, and the 19th Century Novel

Dissertation Title: “Écrire (à) l’école: Codes. Contraintes. Émanicpation?”

krahn

Ph.D. candidate in French and French Studies

Whitney Krahn

wek209@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., Columbia University; M.A., New York University

Research Interests

The city in nineteenth and twentieth century literature; architecture in/and literature; urban and architectural history and theory; social theory

Dissertation Title: "Novel Architecture: The Fictional Writings of Viollet-le-Duc"

Kun

Ph.D. candidate in French

Janos Robert Kun

jrk433@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., M.A., Eotvos Lorand University

Research Interests

18th century, the birth of the "'Idéologie" (Pierre Jean George Cabanis, Maine de Biran, Destutt de Tracy), physiology and the maladies of the soul, the philosophical (and legal) status of lunacy and other marginal human states, the psychoanalysis and Julia Kristeva, literary criticism

levesque_raina

Ph.D. candidate in French

Raina Levesque

rl1602@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., Reed College; M.A., New York University

Research Interests

The essay from the 16th to the 21st centuries; disability studies.

Dissertation Title: "In Praise of Clumsiness: Maladroitness, Parapraxis, & Other Abilities"

Lih

Ph.D. student in French

Emelyn Lih

egl281@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., Columbia University; M.A., École normale supérieure de Paris

lindsay

Ph.D. candidate in French and French Studies

Gabriella Lindsay

gpl234@nyu.edu

Education

B.A. McGill University, Master II, Université Montpellier III

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Ph.D. candidate in French

Andrew Miller

am3941@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.A., New York University

Research Interests

Late Medieval French literature, particularly the works of Guillaume de Machaut and Jean Froissart and their relation to courtliness, chivalry and social conflict; fabliaux and the obscene.

millerannaphoto

Ph.D. candidate in French

Anna G. R. Miller

aar392@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., Vassar College; M.St., University of Oxford; M.A., New York University

Research Interests

Contemporary French and Francophone Theatre; Performance and Spectatorship; Medieval through 20th century French Theatre; Francophone Caribbean Literature and Theory.

Dissertation Title: "Craving Connection in the Urban Wasteland: The Deal and the Enigmatic Real in the Theatre of Bernard-Marie Koltès"

O%27brock

Ph.D. student in French

Emily O'Brock

ejo268@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., Calvin College; M.A. Indiana University

Presnal_Samantha

Ph.D. candidate in French and French Studies

Samantha Presnal

smp581@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., Amherst; M.A., New York University

Research Interests

19th- and 20th-century French culture and society, with a focus on cuisine, gastronomy, and the press during the Belle Époque; women's and gender studies; childhood and education; consumption in Paris; mobility, immigration, and empire

Dissertation Title: "Made to Order: Culinary Instruction and the Formation of the French Domestic Cook, 1882-1914"

Price

Ph.D. candidate in French

Emily Kate Price

ekp237@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., M.St., University of Oxford; M.A., New York University

Research Interests

Medieval and Renaissance literature with a focus on the medieval Occitan, French and Italian lyric and the relationship between these three traditions; feminist and gender theory; women's writing; poetry and poetics; medievalism and historical fiction; translation (theory and practice).

Reising

Ph.D. student in French

Claire Reising

ctr260@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., M.A., University of Notre Dame

Research Interests

20th and 21st century French and Francophone literature; migration, especially migrant writers to Montreal; gender and migration; interactions between the literary and the political in postcolonial writing; writers and filmmakers from the Maghreb

sanchezpic

Ph.D. student in French

Maria Sanchez-Reyes

msr424@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; M.A., University of Connecticut; M.A., New York University

Research Interests

Medieval French and Occitan poetry and lyric; contemporary and medieval philosophy; critical and literary theory.

Shuman4

Ph.D. candidate in French and French Studies

Emily Shuman

eqs203@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., University of Richmond

Research Interests

Questions of race, subjectivity, and the body; poetic and visual aesthetics of French rap music; religion and politics in contemporary France

truesdale

Ph.D. candidate in French and French Studies

Nicholas Truesdale

nicholas.truesdale@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., Dickinson College; M.A., New York University

Research Interests

Field of study: Sociology of French higher education; exile and francophone Algerian literature; crime fiction and “minor literature”

Research: Nicholas Truesdale is a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of French and the Institute of French Studies. He earned his M.A. in French studies from NYU in 2010. He holds a B.A. summa cum laude in French and political science from Dickinson College (2008) and a Certificat d’études politiques from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Toulouse (2007). Nicholas’s dissertation research examines higher education access and equity in contemporary France, with a particular focus on the relationship of publicuniversités to poverty- and working-class students. He investigates how these students experience curricular, student-life, and social-aid offerings in the wake of demographic changes to the profile of “the student.” His work also examines how universités teach and administer poverty- and working-class students amid the political context of uncertainty regarding educational “democratization,” “meritocracy,” and “equality of opportunity.” Additionally, Nicholas has designed an undergraduate syllabus that uses detective fiction to approach the study of literary genres and consecration as well as problems in French history.

UNG

Ph.D. candidate in French

Kaliane Ung

khu202@nyu.edu

Education

Licence, Université d'Aix-Marseille I; M.Sc. University of Edinburgh; Licence, M.A., Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, M.A., New York University

Research Interests

20th and 21st century French literature; autobiography and autofiction, writing and performing the self; women writers; illness and trauma; politics of resistance, resilience, and plasticity; critical theory; contemporary philosophy; ethics.

Watson

Ph.D. student in French

Rachel Watson

rmw310@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., Dartmouth College; M.A., Columbia University

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Ph.D. candidate in French

Tamara Wood

tkw238@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., Swarthmore College; M.A., New York University

mimi

Ph.D. candidate in French

Mimi Zhou

mzz208@nyu.edu

Education

B.A., University of California, Berkeley