Research areas:

  • 20th- and 21st-century literature in French from Europe, the Caribbean, North-Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa; aesthetics, politics and the institutions of literature (literary history, literary criticism and theory; the “segregation” of Francophone and French literary fields); postcolonial and transfrontier approaches to literature; memory, history and biography

I am currently developing two book-length projects: the first one, provisionally entitled Necrofiction: Dead Letters and Literary Tombstones, investigates current forms of narrative memorialization from a biopolitical perspective; the second project establishes a critical dialogue between the works of Jacques Derrida and Édouard Glissant.

Research Interests:

  • literary history; theory and aesthetics; French and francophone fiction; contemporary studies; writing and politics

Research + Teaching Interests

  • twentieth and twenty-first century French-language writing in France, the Caribbean, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa; literary theory; the poetics and politics of fiction; postcolonial and transfrontier approaches to literature


  • Culture
  • Diaspora
  • Exile
  • France
  • Immigration
  • Integration
  • Literature
  • Poetics
  • Politics
European Studies, Italian, Chicano/a Studies, French, African Studies
PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Romance Literatures and Languages, 2005
Docteur, Université Paris-Sorbonne-Paris IV, Littérature Française et Comparée, 2004
BA, Universitatea "Alexandru Ioan Cuza", Modern Languages and Literatures, 1996