Graduate Students - French

MA Students

Ryan Augustyniak

BA in French Language and Literature, Southern Illinois University

Research Interests: 20th Century French literature and philosophy as well as French New Wave and contemporary film

Ryan is a second-year graduate student at Florida State University. A native Belgian-Walloon, he discovered his passion for French literature during his junior year abroad in Aix-en-Provence. He received a BA in French language and literature in 2014 from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, where he wrote his final research paper on the 13th century chantefable Aucassin et Nicolette . At FSU, Ryan plans to focus his research on film studies and 20th century literature, particularly the works of Albert Camus.

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BA in International Studies and French Studies, cum laude, Emory University

Research Interests: Moroccan and North African female identity, agency, and media culture.

Ashley Ferreira is a first-year masters student in the French Literature program at Florida State University, concentrating on Contemporary French and Francophone Studies. A Dominican-American and daughter of immigrants, she first researched French North African young women during the writing of her undergraduate thesis, seeking to know whether, like many immigrant-origin young girls she knew, young women in Francophone regions also sought identity through media culture. Her French language thesis is titled, "Devenir femme en France? Le corps et l’intégration chez les jeunes filles françaises issues de l’immigration maghrébine." While at FSU, she aims to continue to study the use and representation in literature and film of the post-colonial adolescent, female body, including that of Moroccan-origin, as a locus of agency.

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BA in French and Theatre Studies, Florida State University

Research Interests: 20th Century French Theatre and performance studies

Jennifer is a first year MA student at Florida State University. During her undergraduate studies at FSU she received Bachelor of Arts Degrees in both French and Theatre Studies in 2016. Her undergraduate thesis, entitled “Sam Shepard and Objects: Site-Specific Immersive Theatre,” focused on her interest in immersive and site-specific theatre. She is interested in the progression of the avant-garde movement in France theatre throughout the 20th century. Before returning to grad school, she worked at a variety of theatres across the country such as the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Repertory Theatre, Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Maryland, etc. With her research, she hopes to bridge the gap between literary analysis and practice in the theatre.


PhD Students

Merry Low

BA in International Relations and French, Samford University

MA in Religion, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

MA in French Literature, Florida State University

Research Interests: French (and Italian) female identity and solidarity vis-à-vis spiritual literature during the Renaissance and the Reformation.

Merry Low is a fifth-year doctoral student in the French Literature Program at Florida State University. Her current research centers upon the evolution of female spirituality as expressed through women writing in France and Italy leading up to, during, and after the Protestant Reformation. The title of her dissertation is “Women Writing through Reformation: Marguerite de Navarre and the Female Spiritual Community.” She is interested in the rise of Protestant influence in France and Italy that created a peculiar form of female discourse, empowering female writers to confront and voice their own theology as well as the formation of an explicitly female community based on a newfound shared spirituality. She has presented at the American Association of Italian Studies conference, in Baton Rouge, on sacrificial violence in the spiritual poetry of Vittoria Colonna, as well as at the American Association of Teachers of Italian in Naples, on Moderata Fonte’s spiritual poetry. Most recently, she has presented her work on female spiritual friendship in the dialogues of Olimpia Morata at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting in Chicago. Her other research interests include resistance literature, the relationship between gender and genre, as well as representations of memory and trauma in post-WWII European and post-colonial film.

Peter Osne

BA in International Relations, Florida International University

MA in International Law, Université de Montréal

Research Interests: Caribbean francophone literature

Peter Osne is a current Ph.D. student at Florida State University (FSU). Before coming to FSU, he received his B.A. in International Relations (with a minor in French) in 2011 at Florida International University. In 2014, he completed an MA in International Law at Université de Montréal, where he independently studied the evolution of francophone literature in Europe, North America, Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Maghreb. As a doctoral student, he is interested in the manifestation of social convulsions (soubresauts) in the literary works of Caribbean francophone writers (especially Lyonel Trouillot).

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Master in French Literature, Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris 3

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Université d’Artois

Research interests: 19th and 20th Century French Literature, Post-WWI Literature, Contemporary French Cultural Studies, Post-colonial Studies with an emphasis on Caribbean Literature, Philosophical and Historical Studies.

Alexis is currently a doctoral student in the French Literature Program at Florida State University. He received a Master’s in “Lettres Modernes” from the Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris 3, writing his thesis under the direction of Alain Schaffner. Currently, Alexis’s research focuses on the writing of French author Louis-Ferdinand Celine. He is also interested in the works of Émile Zola, Michel Houellebecq, and Makenzy Orcel.

Over his time at Florida State University, Alexis has presented at several international conferences on topics such as: “Ivre de vivre : le chemin de l’extase dans La nuit des terrasses de Makenzy Orcel”, “Le sang de la mort de Louis-Ferdinand Céline”, and “Première guerre mondiale: l’impact du sang dans Voyage au bout de la nuit de Louis-Ferdinand Céline”. In Spring 2018, Alexis will present his work about Michel Houellebecq at the Colloque International des Études Françaises et Francophones des 20ème et 21ème siècles, “sous les pavés” (Brown University).

Prior to coming to Florida State University, Alexis was an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the Artois University (France), where he published numerous articles in various journals ( In addition, Alexis serves as an Associate Editor for the Korean Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Civil Engineering and was a Visiting Professor of Civil Engineering for two years at Korea University in Seoul.

As a passion, Alexis became World Champion in Kemp Karate (KO Karate) in 2007 in London.

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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.

Manfa Sanogo

License d’anglais, Université de Cocody-Abidjan

License d’anglais, Université de Strasbourg

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

Research Interests: Post-colonial francophone film and literature with particular attention to the intersection of violence, immigration, international laws, borders, and children-soldiers

Research Interests: Malagasy literature, Hainteny, Romanticism, Baudelaire, Minor/major literature, Indocean identity, African religion, sports as religion, soccer.

Manfa joined the doctoral program in French at FSU in Fall 2015. He holds a Licence d’anglais from the Université de Cocody-Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) with a focus on American literature and civilization, a Licence d’anglais from the Université de Strasbourg (France), with a focus on translation theory, and an MA in Language, Literature and Translation from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with a focus on French and Francophone Literature. In his current research, he looks into the cross-fertilization between Malagasy literature and post-Enlightenment French literature. His research interests include hainteny (a Malagasy poetic genre), the flow between minor and major literatures, the formation of transnational and regional identities in the Indian Ocean, and the emulation of canons, as well as censorship, in Malagasy literature. He also worked on post-colonial francophone film and literature with particular attention to the intersection of violence, immigration, religion and soccer. 

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PhD in physical sciences, Bordeaux I university.

Research Interests : 20th and 21th Century French and Francophone 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.

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Licence de philologie anglaise, Université d’Orléans-La Source

Maîtrise de linguistique française, Université d’Orléans-La Source

Master of teaching English & French as a second language, University of Southern Mississippi

Master of flute performance, University of Southern Mississippi

Research interests : West African literature and thought, intersection between performance and the shapings of identity in soundscapes and sound practices of the Subsaharian francophone region, Caribbean history and its relations to the rest of the francophone world, film and sound studies.

Alexis is a second-year doctoral student in the French & francophone studies program at FSU. His current research lies at the interdisciplinary crossroad between postcolonial literature and ethnomusicology, taking a look at how questions of identity arise of and are answered through text, often used as a tool of resistance or (re)affirmation.

In August 2017, he presented his work on the Congolese artist Papa Wemba and the reception of his death as an artist at the 10th International Congress of the Mandé Studies Association in Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast,. He is now looking at related authors, such as the Congolese Sapper and writer Alain Mabanckou and the Djibouti writer Abdourahman Waberi.

Outside his academic endeavours, Alexis performs regularly on the flute in several formations within the Tallahassee community.

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.



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DEUG in Spanish Literature, Linguistics, History and Translation –

Catholic University of Paris.

Licence (BA) in English Literature, Linguistics, History and Translation – Sorbonne University, Paris.

Master’s Degree in English Linguistics – Sorbonne University, Paris.

Research interests: English Phonology and Phonetics; Syntax and Semantics (Enunciative and Cognitive framework); semantics of parts of speech; linguistic markers of trauma.

Gaelle A. V. Moreau is a Visiting Scholar at Florida State University as part of an exchange with the Sorbonne University (Paris). During her two years here, she has had the joy to share her knowledge of and passion for the French language and culture with American students.

Gaelle is engrossed by the acoustic aspect of the English language - she has always listened to it as she would listen to music, hence people often hear more Englishness than Frenchness in her accent. She had the wonderful opportunity to work with London Speech Workshop during the summer of 2017, where she gained invaluable insight from speech experts. She is particularly interested in the relation between accent and identity, especially in the context of second language acquisition.

Gaelle specialises in Semantics and Syntax: she is interested in the semantics of the parts of speech, namely that of the nominal category, and in the enunciative choices which underly the construction of reference. She was deeply influenced by the seminars and works of Pierre Cotte, Elise Mignot, Julie Neveux, and Wilfrid Rotgé at the Sorbonne University, from where she graduated. Before coming to Florida State, Gaelle also taught Linguistics at the Sorbonne.

Her current research focuses on traumatic memory and on the linguistic markers of trauma related to sexual assault.


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