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Department of French and Italian

Graduate Alumni Biographies

Hakim Abderrezak
Hakim Abderrezak, Ph.D. 2006, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Minnesota. His fields of interest include Postcolonial, Cultural and Gender Studies, and Beur and Francophone Literature & Cinema, especially from North Africa. Main research areas center on migration, emigration and immigration, and Arabic linguistic and cultural contexts and subtexts in Beur and Maghrebi literary and cinematographic productions. Recent publications include the forthcoming “Turning Integration Upside Down: How Johnny the Frenchman Became Abdel Bachir the Arab Grocer in Il était une fois dans l’oued (2005),” in Screening Immigration and Integration in Contemporary France, from the University of Nebraska Press; “‘Burning the Sea’: New Waves of Migration across the Western Mediterranean in Moroccan Francophone Literature,” in Contemporary French & Francophone Studies: Sites (13:4, September 2009); and “Speaking of Modernity: A Study of Moroccan and Algerian Literary and Cinematic Texts,” in Critical Interventions (3:4, Spring 2009).

Taïeb Berrada
Taïeb Berrada, Ph.D. in French, completed his dissertation “L’Intrus postcolonial maghrébin dans la littérature, le cinéma et la bande dessinée francophones” in June 2007. His research interests include 20th and 21st century Francophone literatures, North African literatures & cultures, 20th century French theory, postcolonial theory & film, and Francophone bande-dessinée. He taught at the University of California at Irvine from 2007 to 2009, and joined the Lehigh University faculty in Fall 2009. Prof. Berrada is particularly interested in analyzing the complex relationship between France and the Maghreb through the theoretical lenses of identity, space, traumatic memory, and displacement in view of a reassessment of contemporary claims to transnationalism. Recent publications include: “A l’écoute des meskounates: la parole des possédées dans La femme sans sépulture d’Assia Djebar” in The International Journal of Francophone Studies (12:4, 2009), “L’Écriture et la problématique des intrus postcoloniaux dans Une enquête au pays de Driss Chraïbi” in Nouvelles Etudes Francophones (21.2, 2006), and “Du plagiat d’auteur à l’identité beur dans La fin tragique de Philomène Tralala de Fouad Laroui.” Expressions Maghrébines (4.1, 2005).

Natalie Edwards
Natalie Edwards, Ph.D. 2005, is Assistant Professor of French at Wagner College. Dr. Edwards specializes in 20th century women's writing in French, particularly in autobiography and Francophone studies. She has published articles on Hélène Cixous, Simone de Beauvoir, Paule Constant, Ken Bugul, Buchi Emecheta and Aminata Sow Fall. She has given conference presentations in a variety of symposia including in Australia, Ireland, the UK, the USA, Canada and North Africa.  She is co-editor (with Christopher Hogarth) of Gender and Displacement; "Home" in Contemporary Francophone Women's Autobiography, and of This 'Self' Which Is Not One: Women's Life Writing in French.  Her book Shifting Subjects: Plural Subjectivity in Francophone Women's Autobiography is forthcoming with the University of Delaware Press.  She is presently the second Vice-President of the North East Modern Languages Association (NeMLA ), one of the six regional associations of the MLA.  She is also a regional representative on the board of Women in French (WIF).  At Wagner College, she is the Coordinator of French Studies.  She teaches all levels of French language, introduction to French literature, the French literature survey class, classes in 17th to 20th century literature, a film class that surveys the medium from its invention to the present day, and civilization classes.

Nathalie Etoké
Nathalie Etoké, Ph.D. 2006, is currently Assistant Professor of French & Africana Studies at Connecticut College. Previously, she was Visiting Assistant Professor at Brown University. She specializes in Africana studies (film, literature, philosophy), LGBT in the Afro-diasporic context, Melancholia Africana (loss, mourning and survival in Africa, America and the Caribbean), and cultural studies (immigration, post-Colonial French identities, French Hip Hop, urban films). She is the author of L’Ecriture du corps feminine dans la literature de l’Afrique francophone(Paris: L’Harmatton, 2010). She has published numerous articles, poems, a short story, and a novel, and her forthcoming novel, Le rêve de Weli, has been accepted for publication in 2008 by Presses de l’Université Catholique d’Afrique Centrale, and Melancholia Africana: l'indispensable dépassement de la condition noire (Paris: L’Édition du Cygnes, 2010).

Christopher Hogarth
Christopher Hogarth, Ph.D. 2005, is an Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Wagner College, Staten Island. He specializes in comparative and post-colonial literature (especially French, Italian and Senegalese). His dissertation compared Senegalese writing in French and Italian. He also has a strong interest in autobiography. He has published articles on Senegalese literature and on authors such as Ken Bugul and Fatou Diome. He edited Gender and Displacement: 'Home' in Contemporary Francophone Women's Autobiography with Natalie Edwards. He is currently completing a book entitled Maladies of Migration in the Senegalese Novel.  He has presented papers at a variety or symposia, including in Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, Morocco, the Netherlands, Canada, Italy and the USA.  At Wagner College, he teaches courses in World Literature, Postcolonial Literature, Literary Theory and Comparative Literature.

Kristy Clark Koth
Kristy Clark Koth completed her dissertation, "The Subversive Power of Transvestism in the Theater of Sand, Genet and Benmussa" in 2000 and published an article on Jean Genet in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, 321: Twentieth-Century French Dramatists (2006): 161-174.  She currently lives in Munich, Germany where she is co-owner of the publishing house Edition bi:libri, a small company specializing in bilingual and multilingual children's books.  Although her work covers all aspects of the publishing business, her principle duties include selecting and editing manuscripts for publication, coordinating the translations of the manuscripts into 7 languages (English, French, Greek, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Turkish), developing pedagogical standards and pedagogical support material for Kindergarten and grade schools who use the bi:libri books and coordinating the audio recordings of native speakers for the CDs which sometimes accompany the books.  She is also the mother of two bilingual children, who could have used her books when they were younger!

Dominique Licops
Dominique Licops, Ph.D. 2002, is Senior Lecturer in French at Northwestern. She has a Licence in Germanic Philology from Université Catholique de Louvain-La-Neuve (Belgium), an M.A. in Literature from Commonwealth Countries from Leeds University (UK), a PhD. in Comparative Literary Studies from Northwestern University, and a graduate certificate in Gender Studies, also from Northwestern University. Her dissertation is a study of metaphors of identity in Caribbean Francophone and Anglophone Literature. She has published articles on issues of identity and its representation in images and metaphors, and on the work of Aimé Césaire, Maryse Condé, Gisèle Pineau, Assia Djebar, Brigitte Roüan in journals such as Thamyris and Women's Studies Quarterly. Dominique is currently teaching a wide range of courses in the French department and for the School of Continuing Studies, and occasionally for the Gender Studies Program. She is also currently the Director of Undergraduate Studies for French.

Bishupal Limbu
Bishupal Limbu, PhD 2010, is Assistant Professor of English at Oregon State University. A native of Nepal, Bishupal received his BA from Columbia University. During his doctoral studies at Northwestern, he spent a year in Paris with the Paris Program in Critical Theory and in 2005-06 was the recipient of a Dissertation Year Fellowship. His dissertation, “Fiction, Theory, and Social Justice: Dispropriative Readings”, addressed the ways literature and political philosophy differently articulate arguments for extending spheres of moral consideration. His interests include theories of cosmopolitanism, diaspora, and translation, ethics and human rights, and contemporary Anglophone and francophone fiction. He has published an article on Maryse Condé's revision of postcolonial cannibalism and has articles forthcoming on the figure of the refugee and on Josephine Baker and French colonial film.

Bradley Reichek
Bradley Reichek received his PhD in French in 2008. He has a BA in Philosophy from Colby College (Waterville, Maine). His research interests include late 18th century libertine literature, early modern legal history, and the cinematic representations of ancien régime France. His dissertation project, Rake sentimentalism, or the libertine re-formed : Re-evaluating late eighteenth-century libertinage, 1770—1812, examined the works of Mirabeau, La Mettrie, Casanova and Vivant Denon in the context of late eighteenth-century sentimentalism, arguing for a notion of libertine sentimentality. Brad spent the 2004-2005 academic year in Lyon, France, as a lecturer in the English department at the École Normale Superieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines. He has presented at numerous academic conferences such as the Renaissance Society of America (RSA), the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (ASECS) and the First International Conference on the Marquis de Sade. Brad is also a proud contributor to the Picpus Digital Archive, developed and sponsored by the Northwestern Multimedia Learning Center (MMLC). Besides studying literature he has been involved in theater productions as dramaturg, director, and playwright.

Annica Schjött-Vonèche
Annica Schjött-Vonèche earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2009, and taught as a lecturer in 2010. Her dissertation, Rewriting the Past: Memory, History and Narration in Four Novels on the Maghreb, examined alternative ways of representing memory and history in postcolonial Maghreb. Her secondary interests include literature from other parts of the Francophone world, Italian and Scandinavian languages and literatures, as well as migrant literature and second language acquisition. In addition to her Ph.D., she holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature and linguistics and an M.A. in French. As part of her Master studies, she attended classes at the University of Québéc in Montréal, and has since returned repeatedly to Montréal in order to perform research on Québécois literature and culture, thanks to grants from Northwestern. Annica has a long experience of teaching language and literature at Northwestern and abroad. At Northwestern, she has taught classes in French language and French and Francophone literature for the Department of French and Italian as well as for the School of Continuing Studies. She has also been a teaching assistant in classes on Italian literature and culture. In 2005 she was awarded a mention for Distinguished Teaching by a Graduate Student by Northwestern’s College of Arts and Sciences and in 2008 she won a Dissertation Fellowship by the Northwestern Graduate School. She has published in Expressions Maghrebines and has presented papers on Maghrebi, West African and Québécois literature on conferences in the US and abroad.

Stéphanie Silvestre
Stéphanie Silvestre is currently a visiting assistant professor at Union College in New York. She has also taught at the Ohio State University. Her dissertation, entitled Insularité, migration et identité au sein de la littérature et du cinéma antillais contemporains, was completed in 2008. She was the recipient of a 2007/2008 Mellon Research/Writing Grant. She presented her paper “Une Approche Féminine de l’Espace Migratoire Parisien chez Thérèse Parise Bernis” at the NeMLA conference in April of 2010.

Vinay Swamy
Vinay Swamy is Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Vassar College, NY. He received his doctorate in French with a certificate in Gender Studies from Northwestern University in 2002. He also holds a Master's degree in French from Miami University, Ohio and completed his BA at Denison University. His teaching and research interests are located in French & Francophone literary traditions and their intersection with political & cultural histories, as well as the construction of social identities in contemporary France. Prof. Swamy regularly presents papers at national and international conferences and has published on postcolonial Francophone works by Azouz Begag, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Maryse Condé and YB, which have appeared in various journals including Contemporary French and Francophone Studies and Yale French Studies.  His articles on the PaCS debate and kinship structures in contemporary French films, on Hanif Kureishi's "My Beautiful Laundrette" and on the 2003 film "L'Esquive" by Abdellatif Kechiche have been published in Comparative Literature Studies and Studies in French Cinema.  At present, he is working on a book-length study tentatively entitled Interpreting the Republic: Marginalization and Belonging in Contemporary French Novels and Films.  He is also the editor, with Sylvie Durmelat (Georgetown University), of Screening Integration: Recasting Maghrebi Immigration in Contemporary France, a collection of essays on French cinema forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press.