Eliana Vãgãlãu received her B.A. in French Culture from The Colorado College (2003), her M.A. in Romance Languages and Literatures (French & Italian) from the University of Oregon (2005), and her PhD in French from Northwestern University (2015). In 2009, she taught French and Italian at The Colorado College as a Visiting Instructor, and has been teaching at Northwestern since 2006 in various capacities. Her current research interests include literary and cultural studies, with a focus on Francophone texts and Deleuzian theory. She has presented papers on Caribbean authors, as well as Salman Rushdie, Ousmane Sembène and Gilles Deleuze at various conferences, and has recently published an article on Jean-Claude Charles. During the 2010-2011 academic year, she took part in Northwestern’s Paris Program in Critical Theory, and in March 2015 she successfully defended her dissertation on the problematic of nomadism and the French Caribbean novel.