Graduate Students 2018-19

PhD Students 


Jade BasfordLiterature. Major Professor: TBD Degree Expected: 2021.

Jade began her French studies at Eastern Kentucky University. She then completed an MA in French at the University of Kentucky in 2016. She spent the following year teaching English in Gif-sur-Yvette, a small town in France. Her research interests include 19th century literature and theories of personal identity and personhood.


Karine Belizar, Literature. Major Professor: TBD Degree Expected: 2021.

Born in Saint Martin of Haitian descent, Karine holds an MA in Arts, Lettres et Civilisations mention Langues, Littératures Interculturelles et Éthique du Divers from Université des Antilles (Martinique 2015); and an MA in Foreign Languages and Literatures in French Studies from the University of Delaware (May 2017). For her first Master’s thesis she worked on “Les Enjeux de la Langue dans la Littérature Caribéenne. Le cas de Sea Grapes, Another Life et Omeros de Derek Walcott” (UA 2015). For her second Master’s thesis she worked on “Henri Christophe, Une Figure Tragique dans la Littérature Contemporaine Francophone/ Anglophone/ Hispanophone” (UD 2017). She is a member of Pi Delta Phi. Her main field of interest is vernacular language and identity construct in Caribbean and francophone literatures.


PiperPiper Black, Literature. Minor: Comparative Literature. Major Professor: Rosemary Peters-Hill. Degree Expected: 2020.

A native of Illinois, Piper graduated from Eastern Illinois University in December of 2013 with bachelor's degrees in French and journalism as well as a minor in entrepreneurship. She then completed her MA in French from the University of Maine in 2016 with her thesis entitled "Ireland in the Writings of Georges Dor, Jacques Ferron, and Louis Gauthier." Her academic interests include 19th century and comparative literatures.

SylvestreSylvestre Mekem Douanla, Literature. Major Professor: Pius Ngandu. Degree expected: May 2019.

Sylvestre holds a BA and MA from the University of Yaoundé (Cameroon) in Francophone literature. He completed another MA (Teaching French as a Foreign Language) at University of Cape Town (South Africa) in 2011. After designing a syllabus that has been implemented at UCT, he taught at Alliance Française of Johannesburg. His research interests are French and Francophone literature, postcolonial and migration studies.



AnnAnn Francois, Literature. Major Professor: Adelaide Russo. Degree expected: May 2019.

Ann is  from Brussels, Belgium. Ann first moved to Louisiana in 2004 with CODOFIL as a French Immersion Teacher. She taught French immersion and French as a second language for 15 years in Belgium, Switzerland, and Louisiana. At the same time she completed an MA degree in Romance Languages ​​at University of New Orleans. Her interests are 20th and 21st century: France and Francophone literacy, with a special focus on Belgian and Francophone comic books and graphic novels, as well as French and Francophone art and cinema.


AnnoshAnoosheh Ghaderi, Literature, Major Professor: TBD, Degree Expected: Spring 2022

Anoosheh holds a BA degree in French Translation from Allameh Tabatabaei University. Native of Iran, she is interested in the Francophone immigrant literature and cinema, post-colonial studies as well as gender and feminist studies. she completed her fist MA in French studies at the University of Tehran in 2014. For her master dissertation, she focused on the cinema of French feminist director Agnes Varda and studied her influence on Iranian director Tahmineh Milani. She sought a 2d MA majoring in French Studies and minoring in Cinema Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her secondary interests consist of psychoanalysis, comics and graphic novels, autobiography, memory and Trauma studies, religious and queer studies. She published a chapter entitled “The Notion of Comics in Iran” within a contribution with University of Giessen in 2014.

FaridaFarida Guechoud-Orwin, Literature, Major Professor: TBD, Degree Expected: Spring 2022

Born in Algeria, of Amazigh (Berber) origin. Farida holds a Mastersin Philosophy of science from the University of Algiers and Second Master degree in Theories of Science from University Paris 8. She has taught philosophy to high school students for seven year. Since arriving in the United States, she has taught Arabic and French in Chicago, Boston and Baton Rouge, where she worked for the public schools. In her research, she examines theories of language and literature in the history of philosophy, including Aristotle on Greek literature, Al-Farabi on Islamic literature, and now Rousseau of French literature.


Ashley Holt, Literature, Major Professor: TBD, Degree Expected: Spring 2022Ashley

A Florida native, Ashley holds a BA and MA in French Literature from Florida State University. After earning her MA in 2011, she spent the next several years living and working in Washington, DC and Catania, Sicily, where she was a contributing writer to The Greenwood Encyclopedia of the Daily Life of Women. Her research interests are in Medieval and Renaissance Franco-Italian literature.

JeanneJeanne Jegousso, Literature. Minors: Anthropology, Comparative Literature. Major Professors: Pius  Ngandu, Adelaide Russo. Degree expected: May 2019.

Jeanne received her BA from François Rabelais University in Tours, France with a dual major in French Literature and Teaching French as a Second Language and a minor in Visual Arts and Theater. She then taught French for one year at Bucknell University (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania). Jeanne completed her MA in French studies at LSU in 2014 where she created "LSU in Guadeloupe", a new study abroad program. She was the President of the Graduate Student Caucus of Modern Languages in 2017. She is the co-founder of the Library of Glissant Studies

In her doctoral dissertation, she develops a study of modern literature through the lens of Édouard Glissant’s concept of dépassement. To demonstrate this concept in a literary context, she analyzes novels written by Alfred Alexandre, Ananda Devi, Ali Zamir, and Édouard Glissant. By transcending languages and literary genres, these modern texts call for a new critical and theoretical approach to Francophone studies, which can only be achieved through the elaboration of dépassement. Her academic interests include: French and Francophone literature, Caribbean and Oceanic studies, Postcolonial studies, Folkore, Cultural Anthropology.



Tomas Martin, Literature. Minor: Comparative Literature. Major professor: Alexandre Leupin. Degree expected: May 2020.

Tomás was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, and grew up in the New York City area. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts with a BA in English Literature in 1994. Through Middlebury College, he earned an MA in French at the University of Paris-Nanterre in 1996. Having studied medieval literature briefly with the late Karl Uitti at Princeton University, Tomás earned an MA and an MPhil in French at Yale University in 2001 and 2003 respectively. Between 2004 and 2014, he lived in Harlem, New York, where he taught French language at Columbia University and the Trevor Day School. Tomás and his wife, Paula, now call New Orleans their adoptive city. His interests are in medieval literature, Edouard Glissant, linguistic and cultural creolization, and narrative theory. His dissertation concerns the transformability of genre and language in the 14th Century Venice Four Franco-Italian Chanson de Roland.



Phuong Nguyen, Linguistics. Major Professor: TBA. Degree expected: May 2022.

Phuong comes from Vietnam, an Asian country. She received a Master degree in French linguistics in France in 2011. After graduation, she came back to Vietnam to teach French for Vietnamese students in the National University of Vietnam. At this time, her interest is in linguistics and sociolinguistics.



Mathilde Pointiere, Literature. Major Professor: Alexandre Leupin. Degree expected: May 2020.

Mathilde received her BA in English literature, linguistics and civilization from the University of Poitiers. She completed her MA in French literature  at the University of Oregon in 2015. She took a year off from school to teach at the Alliance Française in Portland, Oregon. Her research interestsare medieval and Renaissance literature.


dashaDarina Pugacheva, Literature. Major Professor: Kate Jensen. Degree expected: Spring 2019.

 Darina Pugacheva is a graduate of Yaroslavl Pedagogical University in Russia, and holds an MA in French and Translation from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. In her dissertation entitled "If They Won’t Tell You, the Hair Will”: Hair Narrative in Contemporary Women’s Writing she studies the representations of women’s hair and hair narrative in the writing of Anglophone and Francophone female authors from Martinique, Guadeloupe, Nigeria and the United States. Her research interests also include literary translation and translation theories.


Arnaud Tcheutou, Literature. Major Professor: Pius Ngandu. Degree expected: May 2019.

Arnaud Tcheutou completed his Bachelor's and his Master's degree in Black African Literature at the University of Douala in Cameroon. He is currently working on a PhD in Francophone Literature. Research interests: African Literary theory, African oral literature, feminism, and literary texts of Ancient Egypt.

MA Students


Edouard d'EspalungueLiterature. Major Professor: TBD Degree Expected: 2021.

Edouard d'Espalungue received his BS in Economics from Aix-Marseille University in France and completed his MA in International Business at Queen's University in Canada. He previously worked for KPMG in the Deal Advisory practice. He is currently the Vice President of the French Graduate Student Association and a SG Senator representing Graduate Students. His research interests include French literature and the Industrial Revolution.


Rachelle Mosing, Literature. Major Professor: TBA. Degree expected: May 2019.

Rachelle is from the Lafayette area, in the heart of Cajun country.   She received a B.A. in both French and International Studies, as well as a minor in Arabic from LSU.  After graduation, she moved to Chateauroux, France to teach English as part of the government program, TAPIF. At this time, her interest is in Francophone literature of Africa and the Middle East.