Ph.D Placement and Dissertation Titles

2015

  • Elisabeth Fink, Ph.D. in French Studies and History 2015. "Elections and Political Mobilization in the Time of Decolonization: Voting in Postwar French West Africa." Departmental Lecturer in History, Hertford College, Oxford.
  • Evan Spritzer, Ph.D. in French Studies and History 2015. "Politicizing French Radio: Crises, Communities, and Competing Voices 1934-1954." Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer, Department of History, New York University.

2014

  • Lindsay Kaplan, Ph.D in French Studies and French 2014. "When Fiction Made History: Cultural Memory and the Fictional Representations of October 17, 1961."
  • Paul Sager, Ph.D. in French Studies and History 2014. "Indigenizing Indochina: Race, Class, and the French Colonial Employer-State, 1848-1945." Librarian for English and Romance Literatures, Hunter College.
  • Stella Amelie Vincenot, Ph.D in French Studies and French 2014. "Célébrer, Honorer, Commémorer: Democratic Political Culture in Post-Emancipation Guadeloupe."
  • Matthew Watkins, Ph.D. in French Studies and History 2014. "'You've Got To Be Modernistic': The Myth of Pierre Mendès France and the Modernization of France."

2013

  • Phoebe Maltz Bovy, Ph.D. in French Studies and French 2013. "Embrasser les Juifs": Jews and Intermarriage in Nineteenth-Century France (1792-1906). French lecturer, Department of French, University of Toronto.
  • Vanessa Agard-Jones, Ph.D. in French Studies and Anthropology 2013. “Sovereign Intimacies: Scaling Sexual Politics in Martinique.” Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University.
  • Charlotte Legg-Chopin, Ph.D. in French Studies and History 2013. “Imagining the Peuple Nouveau: Medicine and the Press in French Algeria, 1870-1914.” Lecturer in French Studies at the University of London Institute in Paris.
  • Jessica Pearson-Patel, Ph.D. in French Studies and History 2013. “From the Civilizing Mission to International Development: France, the United Nations, and the Politics of Family Health in Postwar Africa, 1940-1960.” Assistant Professor of European History, Macalester College.
  • Michelle Pinto, Ph.D. in French Studies and History 2013. "Employment, Education, and the Reconfiguration of Empire: Africanization in Postwar French Africa." Teaching Fellow, Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program & Visiting Scholar, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Chelsea Stieber, Ph.D. in French Studies and French 2013. “Regional, Cosmopolitan, Indigenous: Writing Cultural Nationalisms in Early 20th-Century Haiti.” Assistant Professor of French, Catholic University.

2012

  • Kari Evanson, Ph.D. in French Studies and French 2012 “Writing Scandal: Popular Media and the Bagnes d'Enfants, 1920-1945.” Instructor at Barnard and Fordham University.
  • Georgiana Perlea, Ph.D. in French Studies and French 2012. "Quarante-huitards du XXe siècle. Le marxisme dissident des revues Socialisme ou barbarie et Arguments, 1956-1962."
  • Stephanie Ponsavady, Ph.D. in French Studies and French 2012. “Moteurs de Mecontentement et de Desire: Automobiles et routes en Indochine coloniale (1897-1939).” Assistant professor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Wesleyan University
  • Emily Craighead Teising, Ph.D. in French Studies and French 2012. “Legal Ambitions: Representations of the Legal Professions in France, 1830-1850.” Assistant Professor of French, University of Southern Indiana.

2011

  • Alexandra Borer, Ph.D. in French Studies 2011. “L’Experience Urbane Dans “Les Passagers Du Roissy-Express” de Francoise Maspero “Zones et “La Cloture” de Jean Rolin: La question de la Frontiere.” Lecturer in Language, French language pedagogy, Columbia University.
  • Kathryn Kleppinger, Ph.D. in French Studies, 2011. “Why The Beur Novel? Writers and journalists interact to construct a new French voice.” Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies, George Washington University.
  • Matthew Wendeln, Ph.D. in French Studies 2011. “Contested Territory Regional Development in France, 1934-1968.” University lecturer and researcher, Sciences Po. Project manager: Interregional cooperation, Ile-de-France Region.
  • Heidi Kasevich, Ph.D. in French Studies 2011. “A Civilized Yogi: The life of French Explorer Alexandra David Neel.” Director of Education, Quiet Revolution Foundation.

2010

  • Lisa Gentile, Ph.D. in French Studies 2010. “The Battle for Health in France: The role of ideas and discourse in constructing the political economy of health policy reform (1990-2010).” French Instructor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
  • Rachel Wimpee, Ph.D. in French Studies 2010. “Reactionary or Modern? The devote in fact and fiction in late nineteenth-century.” Program Officer at the Rockefeller Archive Center. Public Fellow at American Council of Learned Societies.

2009

  • Jack Murphy, Ph.D. in French Studies and Anthropology 2009. “A Question of Class: Struggling youth and the concept of Social destiny in contemporary France.” Assistant Professor, Department of French, Gettysburg College.

2008

  • Arthur Plaza, Ph.D. in French Studies and History 2008. “From Christian Militants to Republican Renovators: The Third Ralliement of Catholics in postwar France. 1944-1965.” Head of the History-Geography & Economics Department, Professor of History, Lycée Français de New York.
  • Jelena Karanovic, Ph.D in French Studies and Anthropology 2008. “Sharing Publics: Democracy, cooperation and free software advocacy in France.” Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University.
  • Wendy Leynse, Ph.D. in French Studies and Anthropology 2008. “Lunchtime in Loireville: Learning to become a culturally competent member of French society through food.” Professor, Department of Food Studies, New York University. Adjunct Professor, NYU Steinhardt Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health.

2007

  • Nils Froment, Ph.D. in French Studies and French 2007. “Mots pour Maux: Maladies nerveuses et ecrits contagieux sous le second empire et la troisieme republique.” French Language Lecturer, New York University.

2006

  • Gerarde Magloire-Danton, Ph.D. in French Studies 2006. “Ambassadors at Dawn: Haitian thinkers in the French Colonial context of the 19th and 20th centuries: The example of Jean Prince-Mars (1876-1969)." Professor of English, Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile, Toulouse.

2005

  • Nicole Rudolph, Ph.D. in French Studies and History 2005. “At Home in Postwar France: The design and construction of domestic space, 1945-1975.” Associate Professor and Chair, Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Adelphi University.
  • Joshua Humphreys, Ph.D. French Studies and History 2005. “Servants of Social Progress: Democracy, capitalism and social reform in France, 1914-1940.” President, Croatan Institute. Fellow, Tellus Institute.

2003

  • Lisa Maguire, Ph.D. in French Studies and History 2003. “Contingent Obligations: Societe Generale and the French State 1945-1981.” Director, Risk Control, UBS Investment Bank.
  • Sylvie L. Waskiewicz, Ph.D. in French Studies 2003. “Negotiation Culture: American films in postwar France, 1945-1954.” Editor, Researcher, and Writer, Independent Consultant.

2002

  • William Poulin-Deltour, Ph.D. in French Studies 2002. “Le Gai Paris Gay? Making sense of American influence on French gay activism." Associate Professor of French, Middlebury College.
  • Harry Gamble, Ph.D. in French Studies 2002. “Developing Cultures: Debates over education in French West Africa, 1930-1950.” Associate Professor of French, College of Wooster.
  • Brian Arganbright, Ph.D. in French Studies 2002. “Writing the People: Charles-Louise Philippe and the culture of populism during the Belle Epoque.” Assistant Professor of French, Transylvania University.
  • Elizabeth Campbell Karlsgodt, Ph.D. in French Studies and History 2002. “National Treasures: Cultural heritage and the French state during the second World War.” Associate Professor of History, University of Denver.
  • Katherine Opello, Ph.D. in French Studies 2002. “Ideas and Elections: Explaining the timing and nature of the French Socialist party’s gender-based quota.”

2001

  • Julie Fette, Ph.D. in French Studies 2001. “Xenophobia and Exclusion in the Professions in Interwar France.” Associate Professor, Rice University.
  • Isabelle Genest, Ph.D. in French Studies, 2001. “Intellectuels et Decadence Durant La Belle Epoque: Le cas D’Octave Mirbeau et Paul Adam.” Assistant Director, Institute of French Studies, New York University.
  • Scott Gunther, Ph.D. in French Studies 2001. “The Elastic Closet: Legal censure and auto-censure of homosexuality in France." Associate Professor of French, Wellesley College.
  • John Westbrook, Ph.D. in French Studies 2001. “Reinventions of the Literary Avant-Garde in Interwar France: Documents between Surrealism and Ethnography.” Associate Professor of French, Bucknell University.

2000

  • Marie C. Benedict, Ph.D. in French Studies, 2000. “Agriculture and Administrative Elites in Third Republic France: The Institut National Agronomique 1876-1940.” Director of the Information Resource Center, U.S. Embassy, Havana.
  • Mary Lewis, Ph.D. in French Studies 2000. “The Company of Strangers: Immigration and Citizenship in interwar Lyon and Marseille.” Professor of History, Harvard University.
  • Julia Miller, Ph.D. in French Studies 2000. “The Romance of Regulation: The movement against state-regulated prostitution in France, 1871-1946.”
  • G. Daniel Cohen, Ph.D. in French Studies and History 2000. “The West and the Displaced, 1945-1951: The post-war roots of political refugees.” Associate Professor of History, Rice University.

1999

  • John Savage, Ph.D. in French Studies 1999. “Advocates of the Republic: The Paris bar and legal culture in early Third Republic France, 1870-1914.” Associate Professor of History, Lehigh University.
  • Sheila Baumert, Ph.D. in French Studies 1999. “The Metropolitain: Technology, space and the creation of urban identities in Fen de siecle France.” Academic Dean, Ermitage International School of France.

1998

  • Paula Schwartz, Ph.D. in French Studies 1998. “Women, Resistence and Communism in France, 1939-1945.” Lois B. Watson Professor of French, Middlebury College.
  • Catherine Gillot, Ph.D. in French Studies 1998. “La France au Miroir de L’Amerique Dans Les Annees 1920 (Morand, Duhamel).”
  • Jonathan Gosnell, Ph.D. in French Studies 1998. “The Politics of Frenchness in Colonial Algeria, 1930-1954.” Professor, Department of French Studies, Smith College.

1997

  • Christopher Thompson, Ph.D. in French Studies 1997. “The Third Republic on Wheels: A social, cultural, and political history of bicycling in France from the 19th century to World War II.” Professor of History, Ball State University.

1996

  • Mark Ingram, Ph.D. in French Studies and Anthropology 1996. “Performing Culture: A French ‘popular theatre’ troupe in local, national, and European perspective.” Professor of French, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Goucher College.

1995

  • Helen Laurendeau-Johnson, Ph.D. in French Studies and Sociology 1995.”French News Magazines in America 1974-1984: Influence of political ideology.”
  • Susan Edwards-Edmundson, Ph.D. in French Studies 1995 “Aethetics and Politics: Film Culture and the extreme right in France 1930-1944.” Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies, University of Tennessee.
  • John Hogge, Ph.D. in French Studies and History 1995. “Arbitrage, Securite, Desarmement: French security and the League of Nations, 1920-1925.”

1994

  • Ruth Merrill Eldridge, Ph.D. in French Studies 1994 “Decentralization in the French Department: The Defferre Legislation.”
  • Susan Terrio, Ph.D. in French Studies 1994. “Handmade in France: Discourses of skill, tradition, and authenticity among contemporary artisanal chocolatiers.” Professor of French and Cultural Anthropology, Georgetown University.

1992

  • David I. Beriss, Ph.D. in French Studies and Anthropology 1992. "To Not Be French: Counter-Discourses of Antillean identity in France." Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of New Orleans.
  • Andrew Appleton, Ph.D. in French Studies 1992.
  • Janet R. Horne, Ph.D. in French Studies 1992. “Republican Social Reform in France: The case of the Musee Social, 1894-1914.” Associate Professor of French, University of Virginia.
  • Amy G. Mazur, Ph.D. in French Studies 1992. “Policy Formation and the State in France: Equal Employment Legislation for Women, 1965-1988.” Professor, Department of Political Science, Washington State University. Research Associate at Centre d’Etudes Européenes, Sciences-Po Paris
  • Shanny Peer, Ph.D. in French Studies 1992. “Modern Representations of Tradition in the 1937 Paris International Exposition: Regions, peasants and folklore.” Director of La Maison Francaise, Columbia University.

1991

  • Mary Rosalie Fisher, Ph.D. in French Studies 1991. “Models for Manners: Etiquette books and etiquette in modern France.”

1989

  • Venita Datta, Ph.D. in French Studies 1989. “La Revu Blanche” (1889-1903) L'Intellectuals and politics in France.” Professor of French, Wellesley College.

1988

  • Philip Nwankwo, Ph.D. in French Studies 1988. “Franco-African Relations: The case of Cameroon in the Postcolonial Period, 1960-1985.” Teacher, World Language Department, Plainfield High School.
  • Michele C. Cone, Ph.D. in French Studies 1988. “Art and Politics in France During the German Occupation, 1940-1944.” Art History Faculty, School of Visual Arts.
  • Willa Silverman, Ph.D. in French Studies 1988. “GYP: Right-Wing Anarchist and the Fin Du Siecle”. Malvin E. and Lea P. Bank Professor of French and Jewish Studies, Penn State University.
  • Robert Turnbull, Ph.D. in French Studies 1988. “French Reformed Protestantism: The problems of social integration, doctrinal crises, and institutional identity.” Professor of French, Evangel University.