Graduate Students

Alejandro Alvarez

Eric Bulakites earned his BA in French and Sociology with a minor in Education from Georgetown University. He then worked for a year as an assistant de langue in Nîmes, France, in a priority education zone (ZEP). Eric’s research focuses on representations of the classroom in French cinema. He is particularly interested in how cinema contributes to discussions of racial, social, and economic inequalities in French public schools. He also works extensively with Bourdieu’s social theory and sound studies. Eric has experience as an instructor and teaching assistant for both French language and film courses.

Ioana Cooper earned both her BA and MAs in French and Spanish literatures from Georgia State University. While completing her BA, she spent one year in France teaching English as a foreign language in various elementary schools for the Ministère de l’Éducation nationale. She is interested in 20th-century French literature, particularly the Nouveau Roman and Nathalie Sarraute, and plans to focus on theories of narratology and subjectivity such as the interior monologue, the stream of consciousness, and the “subconversation.”

Daniele Frescaroli

Kat Haklin is a PhD candidate in the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures. Before arriving at Hopkins, she completed a BA in French and Art History at DePauw University and an MA in French Literature at Florida State University. Her research focuses on enclosure – the perception and sensation of surroundings that close inwards – by demonstrating how this phenomenon materializes in the literary, visual, and social cultures of nineteenth-century France. Her work addresses a vast range of cultural production from poetry and prose, to painting and caricature, to finally fashion and the history of dress. Aside from her academic interests in nineteenth-century France, Kat spent two years teaching English in French primary schools as part of the French Ministry of Education’s Assistant de langue program. She also completed an internship with the non-profit association France terre d’asile where she worked with refugees and asylum seekers in Paris.

David Hayden explores the implications of digital culture as it influences new strands of contemporary French fiction, seeking to uncouple the print/literature binary. One of the core tensions at work in his research is the exploration of the dialectic between the codex as the embodiment of our literary heritage and the computing screen as a transcendent framework of inscription ripe for literary exploitations. The near ubiquity of electronic devices and Internet connection makes print a particular, and arguably secondary, output mode for (digitally native) writing. David’s research focuses on intermedial artists and authors who demonstrate sensitivity to these tensions at work in the contemporary moment such as Camille de Toledo, Eric Sadin, François Bon and Jean-Pierre Balpe as well as a host of net-artists and theorists of technology and new media.

Nicole Karam received her BA in French and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 2008, and subsequently obtained her JD in 2011 from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, where she focused on intersections between literature and law. Nicole received an MA in French and Francophone studies from Syracuse University in 2013, during which she taught French language and literature classes. Her current research focuses on the interdisciplinary connection between law and literature.

Claire Konieczny

Zvezdana Ostojic

Benjamin Peak

Ana Delia Rogobete

Dean Rosenthal received his BA in International Affairs and French and his MA in French Literature and Francophone Studies from Florida State University. His research interests are on manifestations of la question juive in 19th-century French print culture (namely feuilleton, novel, and journal articles) and how they both shaped and reflected public opinion of France’s Jewry in the years leading to the Dreyfus Affair. He is also interested in looking at representations of trauma and how they relate to notions and conceptualizations of time in twentieth century literature as well as further investigating Michael Rothberg’s thesis of multidirectional memory in literary and filmic texts.

Autumn Vowles earned a BA in French and in psychology from Sonoma State University in 2010, and subsequently worked as an assistante de langue in the north of France. Her research focuses on libertine literature in the 17th and 18th centuries, but in a broader sense, she is interested in issues of deviance, marginality, and the struggle for control in the context of relationships. Other interests include the picaresque novel and the use of literature as a means for exploring theories of astronomy in the wake of the Scientific Revolution.

Jena Whitaker earned her BA from Rollins College in 2009 with a concentration in French and music. In 2011, she earned her master of arts in French literature from Florida State University. Her MA thesis “Bergson, Baudelaire, et la temporalité” explored the ways in which Henri Bergson’s distinction between scientific time and durée corresponds to Baudelaire’s spleen and ideal. Jena’s current research studies the relationship between translation and poetic creation in the works of three 19th-century century poet-translators: Nerval, Baudelaire, and Mallarmé. She also studies the poems, translations, and theories of more recent poet-translators such as Michel Deguy, Yves Bonnefoy, Henri Meschonnic, and Philippe Jacottet. Jena is especially interested in the sonorous material of poetry: rhythm, alliteration, rhyme, and onomatopoeia. In addition to her own research, in 2013 Jena created an inventory of JHU’s collection of rare and ephemeral pamphlets from the French Revolution.