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.


Laure Astourian, PhD: Lecturer, Columbia University; Phi Beta Kappa Mary Isabel Sibley Fellow in French Studies

Dissertation Title: Outside the Metropolitan Frame: The Nouvelle Vague and the Foreign, 1954-1968



Jacqueline Lerescu, PhD: Outreach and Development Coordinator, Modern Language Association (New York)

Dissertation Title: Writing Against the Reader: Poetry and Readership in France, 1840-1880


Johanna Magin, PhD: Deputy Head, Euro-American Program, Sciences Po (Reims, France)

Dissertation Title: Bodies of Wisdom: Philosophy as Medicine in Montaigne and Pascal


Ana Oancea, PhD:  Assistant Professor (tenure track), Ohio Wesleyan University

Dissertation Title: The Fate of Invention in Late 19th-Century Literature


Rebecca Sopchick, PhD: Head of Finance and Administration, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (Paris, France)

Dissertation Title: The Radicalization of Discourse during the French Revolution


Alex Virastau, PhD: Lecturer, Columbia University

Dissertation Title: The Invention of Memoirs in Renaissance France



Roderick Cooke, PhD: Assistant Professor (tenure track), Florida Atlantic University

Dissertation Title:  Aesthetics and Politics in the Dreyfus Affair


Severine Martin, PhD: Resident Director, Columbia University Undergraduate Programs in Paris

Dissertation Title: Out of the Neant into the Everyday: A rediscovery of Mallarme’s Poetics


Eric Matheis, PhD: Lecturer, Columbia University

Dissertation Title: Capital, Value, and Exchange in the Old Occitan and Old French Tenson (including the Partimen and the Jeu-parti)


Alexandra Perisic, PhD: Assistant Professor (tenure track), University of Miami

Dissertation Title: Contesting Globalization: Ethics, Politics, and Aesthetics in the Atlantic World Economy


Erin Twohig, PhD: Assistant Professor (tenure track), Georgetown University

Dissertation Title: The Contentious Classroom: Education in Postcolonial Literature from Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia



Jason Earle, PhD: Assistant Professor (tenure track), Sarah Lawrence College

Dissertation Title: Conspiracies and Secret Societies in Interwar French Literature


Casiana Ionita, PhD: Editor, Penguin Press, UK

Dissertation Title: The Educated Spectator: Cinema and Pedagogy in France, 1909-1930


Cathy Leung, PhD: Adjunct Lecturer, CUNY, College of Staten Island

Dissertation Title: George Sand and Rewriting: The Poetics of Intertextualityin George Sand’s Jacques Cycle


Benjamin Young, PhD: ACLS Public Fellow/Content Development Analyst, JSTOR

Dissertation Title: Eloquence and Music: The “Querelle des Bouffons” in Rhethorical Context


Annelle Curulla, PhD: Assistant Professor (tenure track), Williams College

Dissertation Title: Forms of Enclosure: the Convent Playsof the French Revolution


Kirsten Ellicson, PhD: Language Consultant, Paris

Dissertation Title: Collecting as Self-Exploration in Late Nineteenth-Century French Literature


Mehammed Mack, Phd: Assistant Professor (tenure track), Smith College

Dissertation Title: Immigration and Sexual Citizenship: Gender, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Contemporary France



Matthew Bridge, PhD, JD ‘13: Lawyer, Special Federal Litigation, Law Department, New York City

Dissertation Title:  A monster for our times: Reading Sade across the Centuries


Isabelle Coitoux, MPhil: French Teacher, Francis Parker High School, San Diego,CA


Jonathan Eskew, MPhil: Software Development Engineer, Amazon Web Services, Seattle WA


Mallika Lecoeur, PhD: Program Coordinator, Columbia Global Center, Paris

Dissertation Title: Conversation and Performance in Seventeenth-CenturyFrench Salon Culture


Sarah-Louise Raillard, PhD: Free Lance Translator

Dissertation Title: Perilous Pedagogies: Femle Education Questionnedin the Epistolary Novels of Rousseau, Laclos, Sade, and Charriere


Olivia Harrison, PhD: Assistant Professor (tenure track), University of Southern California

Dissertation Title: Cross-Colonial Poetics: Reading Palestine in Maghrebi Literature


Toby Wykström, PhD: Assistant Professor (tenure track), Tulane University

Dissertation Title: Law, Conquest, and Slavery on the French Stage, 1598-1685


Daisy Aaronian, Adjunct French Teacher, Lesley University

Dissertation Title: Simon Goulart and the Calvinist Edition of Montaigne’s Essays 1595


Anne-Catherine Dutoit, PhD: Assistant Professor (tenure track), Arizona State University

Dissertation Title: Poetic Propaganda: Aesthetics and Politics in Celine’s “Bagatelles pour un Massacre”



Max Kramer, PhD: Assistant Professor (tenure track), Baruch College

Dissertation Title: The Poetry of Inversion: Queer Metaphor in Arthur Rimbaud, Stefan George, and Federico Garcia Lorca


Noura Wedell, PhD: Translator, Editor, Semiotext(e), Adjunct Faculty, Roski School of Art and Design, USC

Dissertation Title: Blinking Space: Andre du Bouchet’s Ecopoeisis


Andrea Thomas, PhD: Assistant Professor (tenure track), Loyola University, Baltimore

Dissertation Title: Lautréamont and the Poetics of Posterity
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