Department of French and Romance Philology  


Recent Placements

The Department has an extraordinary placement record, which reflects the amount of support that students receive throughout their career. We offer workshops on applying for fellowships, writing a job letter, putting together a CV, and constituting a dossier. The department also organizes mock job interviews and job talks. A member of the faculty serves as placement officer to coordinate the departmental efforts every year.


Alexandra Perisic: Assistant Professor (tenure track), University of Miami
Dissertation title: Contesting Globalization: Ethics, Politics and Aesthetics in the Atlantic World Economy

Erin Twohig: Assistant Professor (tenure track), Georgetown University
Dissertation title: The Contentious Classroom: Education in Postcolonial Literature from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia


Rod Cooke: Assistant Professor (tenure track), Florida Atlantic University
Dissertation title: Aesthetics and Politics in the Dreyfus Affair

Ana Oancea: Assistant Professor (tenure track), Ohio Wesleyan University
Dissertation title: The Fate of Invention in Late 19th-Century Literature


Annelle Curulla: Assistant Professor (tenure track), Williams College
Dissertation title: Forms of Enclosure: The Convent Plays of the French Revolution

Jason Earle: Assistant Professor (tenure track), Sarah Lawrence College
Dissertation title: Conspiracies and Secret Societies in Interwar French Literature

Mehammed Mack: Assistant Professor (tenure track), Smith College
Dissertation title: Immigration and Sexual Citizenship: Gender, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Contemporary France

Toby Wikström: Assistant Professor (tenure track), Tulane University
Dissertation title: Law, Conquest and Slavery on the French Stage, 1598 – 1685.


Annie Dutoit: Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
Dissertation title: Poetic Propaganda: Aesthetics and Politics in Céline’s ‘Bagatelles pour un massacre’

Olivia Harrison: Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
Dissertation title: Cross-Cultural Poetics: Reading Palestine in Maghrebi Literature


Nayana Abeysinghe: Visiting Assistant Professor, Tulane University
Dissertation title: Intergenerational Memory in the Work of Francophone Caribbean Women Writers

Toby Wikstrom: Visiting Assistant Professor, Tulane University
Dissertation title: Law, Conquest and Slavery on the French Stage 1598-1685


Max Kramer: Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan
Dissertation title: The Poetry of Inversion: Queer Metaphor in Arthur Rimbaud,
Stefan George and Frederico Garcia Lorca


Daniel Leonard: Assistant Professor Bilkent University
Dissertation title: Feigned World: Fable and Tableau in Descartes’ Philosophy and Physics

Andrea Thomas: Assistant Professor, Loyola University, Baltimore
Dissertation title: Lautréamont and the Poetics of Posterity


Thomas Parker: Postdoctoral Fellow, Vassar College
Dissertation title: Rhetoric, Volition, and Emotions in the Work of Pascal


Zeina Hakim: Assistant Professor, Tufts University
Dissertation title: “Faire vrai”: Mémoires et Roman de Courtilz de Sandras à Marivaux (1687-1738)

Alison James: Assistant Professor, University of Chicago
Dissertation title: “Le hasard fait aussi partie de la règle”: Chance, Constraints and Narrative in the Works of George Perec

Priya Wadhera: Assistant Professor, Adelphi University
Dissertation title: Copy Play: The Discourse on Art in George Perec’s “Un Cabinet d’amateurs” and its intertexts


Goran Blix: Associate Professor (tenured), Princeton University
Dissertation title: French Romanticism: Pompeii, Archeology, and the Reconstructive Gaze

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