Graduate Students

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.

Lauren Choprix

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.

Julia Jacob earned an MA in geography and an MA in literature at the University of Nantes in 2011 and 2012. She is interested in studying spaces and how they are represented and perceived in different media such as maps, art, legal documents and literature. She is also very interested in both modern and contemporary theater, focusing on linking historical and geographical data to the content of the plays. She is part of the Cethefi and she worked on transcribing and computing three 18th-century registers from the Comédie-Italienne. She has also been a certified teacher in France for five years and is very keen on using new technologies as pedagogical tools. Thus she is involved in the Vespace program, which aims at offering a non-specialist audience the experience of an immersion in an 18th Parisian theater.

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.

Clara Kheyrkhah earned her BA in French with a minor in English literature from McGill University (Montreal, Canada). Her honors thesis examined the writing of exile in Assia Djebar’s L’amour, La fantasia. She is particularly interested in the construction of identity in contemporary and Francophone literature, especially within a context of migration and forced displacements. Her research interests also include geocriticism, the theme of social and/or linguistic alienation, and links between politics and literature.

Claire Konieczny earned her BA in International Studies and French with a minor in Asian Studies from Centre College of Kentucky in 2015. She then worked for a year as an assistante de langue in Verneuil-sur-Avre, Normandie. Her interests include early modern book history, emblem literature, and the relationship between text and image in the literature of the French Wars of Religion.

Zvezdana Ostojic received her BA in French Language and Literature at the University of Belgrade and her MA in Translation and Interpreting at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, where she specialized in translating to and from English, French, and Italian. She also holds a specialized French language translation and interpretation diploma obtained at the Association of Scientific and Technical Translators of Serbia. She is interested in Oulipian texts and writing methods and in the translation of constrained literature. Her current research focuses on studying contemporary French crime fiction beyond the limits of genre.

Manon Page comes from Tours, France and got her MA in French at Michigan State University in 2018 by defending successfully her thesis “L’hybridité à l’oeuvre dans Limonov d’Emmanuel Carrère”. She likes to be involved in the life of graduate programs and, as the co-chair of the graduate association TROPOS, she organized MSU’s 17th Romance and Classical studies conference that took place in October 2018. Her main field of study revolves around contemporary French literature and the questions of intermediality and intersectionality in the construction of identity. But her interests are as broad as the question of language in Francophone literature and the 18th century libertine heritage visible in today’s television programs, such as Game of Thrones. As these various interests show, she values interdisciplinarity and places it at the heart of her academic work.

Benjamin Peak is current in his fourth year of study at Johns Hopkins. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in French Literature and Secondary Education at Nazareth College of Rochester, he spent time teaching French in high school before going on to finish his Master’s degree in French and Francophone Literature at Syracuse University. It was during his time at Syracuse that he became interested in the relationship between reader and text and the implications individual experience can have in textual interpretation. Upon arriving at Johns Hopkins, he began paring down his interests through his coursework and teaching. Currently, he is working towards elaborating the different creative impacts walking in the wilderness had on a certain vein of French and Francophone writers in the 19th Century.

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.