Anni Di


B.A./M.A. Degree

Growing up in nine different cities spanning across four different continents, Annie’s love for multiculturalism and languages began at a young age. As a double-major in politics and French at NYU, Annie studied abroad at the prestigious L’Institut de Sciences Politiques in Paris where she specialized in the politics of the European Union. After graduating with cum laude honors and as a dean’s list scholar, Annie is now an accelerated B.A./M.A. student at the Institute of French Studies where she hopes to further cultivate the knowledge that is necessary for her career in international politics. Annie has worked at the China Daily, the largest English-language newspaper in China, the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and is now working as a diplomatic advisor at the United Nations.


Ben Esposito


Ben completed his B.A. in French/Francophone Studies at Connecticut College in December of 2015. His primary area of research was and is Québec Studies, particularly the linguistic complexities that influence the nation’s political happenings. He spent three years in Québec, and wrote his thesis during that time, which was entitled: “La Belle Province : Le Conflit Linguistique au Québec.” Ben is currently working as a foreign contractor (a translator) for UQÀM (Université du Québec à Montréal). He hopes to research French colonial history, and to branch into the study of modern security issues in the francophone world.



Anaïs Faurt


Anaïs grew up in Savoy, at the foot of the French Alps. She graduated in 2016 from Sciences Po. Grenoble, France, with a B.A. in Politics, specializing in public action. She spent a full year in Vaasa, Finland, where she was introduced to cultural studies and linguistics. As a result of a strong academic curiosity, she studied law alongside her main program at Grenoble II University and obtained her DUEG diploma with distinctions. 

Her intellectual interests, broad, include the study of social representations, identity, and power settings; through a multidisciplinary approach. After completing this program, through which she hopes to gain a thorough expertise on the French model, she plans to pursue a master’s program in comparative government sciences in Grenoble, and would later like to work in a global environment in connection with public matters.



Camille Jones


Camille Jones graduated from the University of Rhode Island, summa cum laude, in May of 2015. She majored in French, Mathematics and Secondary Education. Camille’s love for French culture and language stems from her familial background in Brittany. After spending a summer abroad at the Sorbonne in Paris her academic interest in French studies continued to grow. After graduation, she spent the year teaching 8th grade mathematics in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Camille’s academic interests include contemporary French literature, gender roles in literature and education in France and America. Camille hopes to expand and incorporate her love for teaching and French culture to ultimately teach at the university level.



Minkyoung Kwak



I grew up in Seoul, South Korea. I finished my M.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Seoul National University, double majoring in French. My M.A. thesis explored the cultural diplomacy of France, analyzing collaborations of the 1) Alliance Francaise, 2) French Government, and 3) Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). In this work, I suggest that there is a French 'cultural network,' composed of the three sectors with (semi) private, public, and international institutes/organizations, and it is essential that the three institutes should establish a strong but flexible network if France wants to regain cultural power. I hope that I can develop this argument, examining a variety of historical and philosophical literatures regarding Francophonie World, since my M.A. thesis mostly addresses French cultural policies only from a political and diplomatic perspective. Through the IFS course, I'd ultimately like to know what the key determinant of sustainable 'cultural diversity' is. France had been representative of 'cultural diversity' at the UNESCO, but it seems that France as well as the world has failed to support this concept. Xenophobia and terrorism are everywhere and multiculturalism is facing omnishambles in Europe and the States. However, I still believe that Francophonie World has some clues to cultural diversity. My academic goal is to research into the Francophonie World thoroughly, and take a glance at an institutional solution to the clash of cultures and civilizations.



Ariel Mond


Graduating in May 2015, Ariel received her Bachelors degree in History and French Language and Area Studies from American University in Washington, DC. There, her research focused generally on issues of minority identities and colonialism in France and French North Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her senior thesis, “Colonial Aspects of Jewish Philanthropy: Jewish Institutional Responses to Algerian Jews in France, 1962”, examined the interaction between French Jews and their repatriating Algerian coreligionists in the wake of the Algerian War within a colonial framework. Ariel’s undergraduate study also included coursework in Paris, where she spent a semester enrolled at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3. Ariel hopes to continue examining her research interests at the IFS through historical and contemporary study before pursuing further graduate studies in History.




Shannon Morris



Shannon graduated with honors from the University of California, Riverside in August 2015 with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Cultural Studies and French. She spent one year studying abroad in Lyon, France at l'Institut d'études politiques de Lyon (IEP) and the Université Lumière Lyon 2, where she studied both of her passions, film and French. Upon return from France, she completed a thesis during her senior year focusing on the sexualization of the female body in a popular French television show. Her research interests are far-reaching and include international politics, the media, identity, translation, and the evolution of the French language. She is eager to continue her education with the IFS to provide a solid foundation for future work in an international environment or at an organization with a focus on the media.





Tristan Murray


Tristan Graduated from California State University San Bernardino, Cum Laude, with a Bachelors in History and a Minor in French. He also studied French language, culture, and history at Marseille University in Aix-en Provence where he gained a love and appreciation for French life. After his year long study at Aix-en Provence, he returned home and wrote a thesis titled Montesquieu and Nationalism. This thesis analyzed Montesquieu's “Lettres Persanes” in an attempt to discover the embryonic form of French nationalism through Montesquieu's use of “the other,” to unintentionally define French identity. He intends to continue his search for French identity and nationalism through his M.A. Program at New York University where he is now enrolled. It is Tristan's interest that he gain a precise understanding of national identity through his comprehensive study of French culture, history, and politics.


Miranda Nelson


I grew up in a small Minnesota town near the Twin Cities. I attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and received my Bachelor’s degree in May 2015. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double major in French and Spanish and a minor in history. I am fascinated by how history influences the way a culture thinks and behaves with the wider world. I have lived overseas for a total of two years. In 2014 I spent a semester in Segovia Spain studying at the Centro de Estudios Hispánicos de Segovia and a semester at the Université François Rabelais in Tours, France. Following graduation I spend 8 months in Tours, France teaching English to primary school students through the Teaching Assistantship Program in France (TAPIF). I love France and the French language and through the Institute of French Studies I hope to gain even more knowledge about the French people and their rich, fascinating culture. It is my goal to live and work in Fra nce.




Maria Noland



Maria graduated from New York University in 2016 with a B.A. in Social Sciences and Anthropology. She received honors for her thesis, The Pursuit of Habitus: A Bourdieusian Analysis of NYC's French Dual Language Programs, which explored the role of the French language as symbolic capital and its potential to effect social change when extended to new populations. Her main research interests include neoliberalism in education policy, Catholic identity and politics in France, alternative education movements and meaning-making in France, and French cultural and education policy abroad via the AEFE, Alliances françaises and Instituts français. Her current research explores, through Critical Discourse Analysis, the nascent reform movement Teach for France. She is also passionate about psychology, philosophy, autofiction, and surrealism. In the future, she hopes to teach French and social studies in a middle or high school in the New York area.


Catherine Ollinger


B.A./M.A. Degree

An NYU alum (Summa Cum Laude 2015), Catherine Ollinger is a member of the accelerated BA/MA program at the IFS. Having studied in Paris during her undergraduate years, she is eager to pursue her interests in global business and French studies in particular. Her research interests include international business, international relations, French language and history, social and cultural analysis, and urban landscapes. She hopes to continue with further graduate studies after this program.


Sherry Reddix


I'm from Madison, Mississippi and I graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana with a B.S. In biology and a B.A. In French. I love the French language and I hope to gain a stronger background in it as well as francophone culture and society. I intend to go to medical school after the program and use the knowledge I learn to eventually combat global health problems in francophone countries


Lucia Seda


M.A. Joint IFS/Journalism

Lucía Seda was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she grew up learning Spanish, English and French from an early age. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a degree in Comparative Literature and French Studies and was able to spend a semester in France at the University of Paris IV- Sorbonne and the University of Paris VIII in Vincennes- Saint Denis taking courses in francophone literature, French history and European cinema. After her time in Providence, Lucía moved to New York to join the New York City Teaching Fellows program in the summer of 2012. For the next four years, Lucía taught English and Creative Writing to juniors and seniors at James Madison High School while completing a graduate degree in Education at Brooklyn College. Her experience as a classroom teacher coupled with her background in foreign languages and literatures brought her to NYU’s GloJo program, where she intends to blend her skills with a solid foundation in journalism. Her research interests include education systems in France and the United States and representations of urban settings in literary texts, among others. She hopes to report on social and political issues as a foreign correspondent after graduating from NYU.


Tricia Woodcome


Tricia graduated from New York University's College of Global Liberal Studies in May 2016 with a concentration in Contemporary Culture and Creative Production and a minor in French. Her senior thesis, titled Excavating Revolution: Stories in Memory and Material Culture, explored the legacies of underground revolutionary movements in the U.S., the protests of May 1968 in Paris, and the Algerian War of Independence through essays in creative nonfiction. Her passion for French language and culture began during her junior year of high school, when she spent nine months living and studying in Rennes. Four years later, she returned to France for her junior year abroad at NYU Paris, where she studied France's postcolonial history, contemporary art, literature, and politics. An aspiring journalist, Tricia hopes to one day return to Paris to learn and write about its ever-changing sociopolitical and cultural climate.


Xiaolang Wu


I grew up in Zhengzhou, Henan, China. I was in France for one semester during my freshman year at college, and I received my B.A. from Colorado College in 2016, double majoring in mathematical economics and French and Francophone studies. I find it quite amazing to see how China's image in European literature changes throughout history. My undergraduate thesis is to analyze the image of China in Voltaire's Essai Sur les Mœurs. In this book covering the world’s history, Voltaire claims that he writes history as a philosopher, while my argument is that the chapters describing China are more like literature. Voltaire writes China in a literary way in order to make this country a perfect example for his philosophy. It is so interesting that even people living in the same century, like Voltaire and Montesquieu, can have opposite opinions toward China. I hope that one day I can do enough studies for the comparison of the European chivalry and Chinese literati and officialdom. I am also interested in the social changes happening in countries like France, where a big welfare state with high taxes has been developing. Today, privileges like power or social status cannot be inherited, but the exception is property. I wonder if the property rights will be changed in the future so that everyone can really be born equal. I am still not very clear about what to do after this program, and I hope I can find my goal at the IFS.


Elizabeth Yazgi



Originally from New Jersey, I am beginning my second year at New York University School of Law and my first year at the Institute as part of the JD/MA dual degree program. I received a B.A. in French and History from Wellesley College, where I was able to pursue a passion for French language and history. After studying in Aix-en-Provence for a semester during my junior year, I completed a thesis on the Ferry Laws of the 1880s entitled La République, ‘Fille Aînée de l’Église’?: la morale républicaine de l’école laïque du XIXe siècle et ses racines catholiques Before enrolling at NYU, I spent a year in Landerneau, Brittany as an English-language teaching assistant at a professional high school there. In keeping with this academic background, I have a keen interest in foreign and comparative jurisprudence and will complement my studies at the IFS with courses on international law. Though I intend to maintain my interest in laïcité and current issues surrounding the presence of Islam and the rise Islamaphobia in modern France, I hope to develop a comprehensive understanding of contemporary French political life, social behavior, and economic philosophies. At the same time, I hope to refine my mastery of the French language in the hopes of working in Francophone professional settings.



Xiaowei (Cici) Yi



B.A./M.A. Degree




Research: Cici is currently a junior in NYU's College of Arts and Science, where she is majoring in Art History with a minor in Business Studies, and is joining the IFS BA-MA Class of 2017. She spent a semester in Paris doing research on French Modern Art and fell in love with French culture. Most of his research lies in modern European Art and history of the Modern World. Cici just spent another month at Sciences Po in Paris to further study French Politics and History. Her research interests within IFS include France under Hitler, France's role during the Cold War and it's significance in the European Union. She has a strong interest in politics, history, art and international relationships. She plans to attend law school in the future with a focus on international law, and hopefully a joint degree for J.D/ LLM where she will get another chance to spend more time in France and pass the French Bar exam. Cici comes from Shanghai, China, but she spent her entire high school experience in Austin, the jewel of the South.