Graduate Students - French

MA Students
 

Marie Bea
Marie Bea

Born in France and raised in Cameroon, Marie is currently a 1st year PhD Student at Florida State University. She received a Master in French from the University of South Florida, where she taught French level 1 & 2 for two years. Prior to attending USF, she received a BA from the University of Paris Est Creteil (UPEC) in France. She also holds a Certificate in Distribution and Logistics Management from Brewster Technical College. In 2018 and 2019, Marie was invited to the White House by the 45th President of the United States to attend The Young Black Leaders Summit. She is the founder of a nonprofit organization which promotes female education in rural areas of Cameroon. Marie is the ambassador for St Cecile Music Academy, a classical music conservatory project approved by the Archbishop of Yaounde. Her research interests are comparative analysis between the American and francophone education system and feminism in West African literature.


PhD Students
 

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Ryan Augustyniak

BA in French Language and Literature, Southern Illinois University

Research and teaching interests: Haitian Studies, Francophone Caribbean Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Critical Prison Studies, French and Francophone Cinema

Ryan is a Ph.D. candidate in French and Francophone Studies at Florida State University. His dissertation, “The Haitian Carceral Imaginary: Edwidge Danticat, Confinement, and the Poetics of Abolition,” is a study of slavery, imperialism, and narrative that engages Haitian studies, francophone postcolonial theory, and critical prison and race studies to show how confinement extends slavery and colonial hierarchies to the present.


 

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Josiane Banini

MA in Management and Accounting, Université de Yaoundé II

MA in Secondary Education (in French), West Virginia University

MA in French language & Literature, West Virginia University

My Research Interests: Migrant literature with a focus on Subsaharan African literature, Afropean identity, immigration, cultural hybridity, and gender; Postcolonial studies; Contemporary francophone literature and culture.

Josiane is currently a doctoral student in French literature program at Florida State University. She holds a Masters degree in French and Francophone literature and a Master degree in Secondary Education from West Virginia University. She also holds a Master degree in Accounting from the Université de Yaoundé II (Cameroon). With a focus on the works of Léonora Miano, gender, identity, cultural hybridity, and immigration, her research interests include cultural and transnational identities, post-colonial literature in Sub-Saharan Africa, and contemporary francophone literature. Josiane’s project is to investigate how the Afropeans (African Diaspora) negotiate their hybrid identity and cultural diversity abroad and in Subsaharan Africa in the works of Léonora Miano (and other afropean writers such as Alain Mabanckou and Koffi Kwahulé)

Before attending Florida State University, Josiane taught as Lecturer at West Virginia University and worked as certified teacher for Monongalia County Public Schools, WV.


 

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Brigitte Tsobgny

PhD in physical sciences, Bordeaux I university.

Interest Areas :

Ecocriticism, Environmental Justice, Environmental Humanities. Literature and Sciences. Water and Pollution, Natural Disasters and pollution, Radioactive contamination. 19th, 20th and 21th Century French and Francophone literature.

Post-colonial Studies with an emphasis on Haitian Literature.

Brigitte joined the doctoral program in French at FSU in Fall 2017. After two years of postdoctoral studies in the physical sciences in Germany (Alexander von Humboldt scholarship), Brigitte worked in the research and development of new materials in the manufacturing industry. She then taught physics and chemistry at the Université Saint-Denis-de-la-Réunion. After three years in the Reunion Island, she returned to Europe where she taught mathematics and physics in professional and high schools. Brigitte is also the author of several novels, some of which are science-related. Her experience in writing has fostered her interest in literary research.

Brigitte's current research pays particular attention to literature and films focused on the triple disaster that occurred in Japan in 2011, notably the work of Michaël Ferrier. She is also interested in the works of Jean-Claude Charles, Jacques Stephen Alexis, and Véronique Tadjo.


 

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Alexis Finet

Licence in Anglophone Studies (literature, civilization, linguistics - specialized in translation), Université d’Orléans-La Source

Maîtrise in French Linguistics, specialized in teaching French as a second language, Université d’Orléans- La Source

Master of Teaching English & French as a Second or Other Language, University of Southern Mississippi

Master of Flute Performance, University of Southern Mississippi

Research Interests:
Congolese literature, Congolese audiovisual and sound productions, diasporic writings of francophone Africa, Amazonian folktales and Amazonian thought, representations of reality.

Bio:
Alexis is currently in his fifth year of doctoral studies. His dissertation reflects on the notions of sound and liquid as literary characters in the Congolese novel and artistic productions, looking at works from Tchicaya U Tam’si to Alain Mabanckou, Baloji and Youssoupha. Drawing from SLT’s Kongo and phratrie notions, he seeks to redefine and actualize Congolese cultures within a Third Space logic of hybridity.

Alexis has also attended a number of conferences internationally, such as the 2017’s Mansa Association Congress in Gran-Bassam, Côte D’Ivoire, where he presented Entité et identité(s) : le cas de la rumba congolaise, the 2018 Haitian Studies Association conference in Port-Au-Prince, where he presented Deux regards sur le mutisme et la figure de la prostituée – Les immortelles de M. Orcel et Memorias de mis putas tristes de G. García Marquez, or the 2019 African Literature Association, where he presented The Culture of Sound as a Participatory Character in the African Novel: The Case of Congolese Literature, amongst several other conferences. He is now co-organizing the Winthrop-King Fall 2020 event, Global Africa: Congolese Literature, Music, and Art in the 21st Century.

His research on the notion of water intersected with the works of Dr. Juan Carlos Galeano, leading him to collaborate with Chanelle Dupuis to translate Galeano’s compiled Amazonian folktales from Spanish to French. This research led Alexis to publish his 2020 article, El Agua Vive! Visions of the Real in the Peruvian Amazon as Seen Through J.C. Galeano’s Work.

Complementary to his academic and professional endeavors, he also has been performing regularly on the flute in different formations within the Tallahassee community, from Irish to Brazilian choro.


 

Katherine Moore
Katherine Moore

BA in Psychology and French, Oakland University

MA in French Literature, Florida State University

Research Interests: 19th century literature, the female body, female authors, romanticism, 1st person narrative accounts, women and gender studies

Katherine is a second-year doctoral student at FSU. She received a BA in psychology and French Literature from Oakland University and her MA from Florida State where she focused on comparative studies between medieval and 19th century French literature and their treatment of adulterous women. Her current research centers on women's studies and the female body as represented in 19th century literature.

In 2017, thanks to funding from the Winthrop-King Institue, Katherine was able to attend the semaines d’études médiévales in Poitiers, France where she nurtured her love of all things medieval.


 

Honorine Rouiller
Honorine Rouiller

BA in English Literature and Culture, Université du Maine, France.

MA in French Literature, University of Arizona.

Research Interests: immigration and integration, film studies, comic books, questions of identity.

Born and raised in France, on the Atlantic coast, Honorine Rouiller is currently a second-year PhD student at Florida State University, concentrating on Contemporary French and Francophone Studies. She completed her Bachelor of Arts with honors in English Language, Literature and Civilization at the Université du Maine, France. During that time, she spent a year abroad, through the ISEP program, at Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, Georgia. In May 2018, she graduated from the University of Arizona with a Master in French Literature. For her PhD, she is interested in looking at the meaning of being a French black woman in today’s society, based on lived experiences.


 

Timothy Lomeli

BA in Psychology & French, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

MA in Language, Literature and Translation, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

MA in French and Francophone studies, Indiana University

Research Interests: Caribbean & francophone literature

Timothy Lomeli is a first-year Ph.D. student at Florida State University. Before coming to FSU, he received his B.A. in Psychology and French (double major) at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in 2015. In 2017, he completed an MA in Language, Literature and Translation from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with a concentration in French and Francophone Literatures. Then in 2020, he completed a second MA in French and Francophone studies at Indiana University. He is interested in the representations of sexuality in Haitian literature of the 20th and 21st century, notably in the works of writers of Kettly Mars, Yanick Lahens, among others.

He has also worked on post-colonial francophone film and literature. Currently, he has an article under review titled, “Rise of a Nation: An Exploration of Vieyra’s Vision for Senegal through Une nation est née”, which analyzes how the director put various other works in dialogue with his own in order to create a subtle critique of the colonization and decolonization with Senegal, as well as work to deconstruct the historicity of Senegal and its national identity. He will also present at NeMLA 2021 his paper "Screen Adaptation and (Re)writing in Laferrière’s La Chair du maître," in the session on "Transmedia Adaptations of Literary ‘Classics’ in 20th- and 21st-century Artistic Expression".


Marie Bea
Marie Bea

Born in France and raised in Cameroon, Marie is currently a 1st year PhD Student at Florida State University. She received a Master in French from the University of South Florida, where she taught French level 1 & 2 for two years. Prior to attending USF, she received a BA from the University of Paris Est Creteil (UPEC) in France. She also holds a Certificate in Distribution and Logistics Management from Brewster Technical College. In 2018 and 2019, Marie was invited to the White House by the 45th President of the United States to attend The Young Black Leaders Summit. She is the founder of a nonprofit organization which promotes female education in rural areas of Cameroon. Marie is the ambassador for St Cecile Music Academy, a classical music conservatory project approved by the Archbishop of Yaounde. Her research interests are comparative analysis between the American and francophone education system and feminism in West African literature.

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