I teach and research at the intersection of world language pedagogy, travel writing studies, and women's and gender studies. Over the years, I have taught all levels of French, as well as more specialized content courses in French/Francophohe Studies. More recently, I discovered an additional interest for diversity and inclusion issues in higher education and the world language classroom in particular.
I was born in Russia, but I have been traveling, studying, and, eventually, teaching in Europe and the United States for nearly two decades. I’ve had a fascination for the French language and French/Francophone cultures ever since my first encounter with France as a teenager. After receiving my Ph.D. in French/Francophone Studies from Indiana University in 2018, I worked at Brown University and the University of Michigan-Dearborn before coming to UChicago in the fall of 2022. My teaching and research interests include travel literature of the interwar years, particularly in relation to travel, gender and colonialism, contemporary Francophone Caribbean and West African women writers, and world language pedagogy. I am delighted to share my passion for French with students at the University of Chicago!
“The Pervasiveness of Colonial Identity in Lucie Cousturier’s Travels to West Africa.” Studies in Travel Writing, vol. 22, no. 2, July 2018, pp. 162-179. DOI: 10.1080/13645145.2018.1504733
“Le cosmopolitisme à l’épreuve de la globalisation dans le Ventre de l’Atlantique de Fatou Diome”. Nouvelles Études Francophones 30.2 (2015): 159-170.
Recent Courses in RLL
- FREN 10100 Beginning Elementary French I (Autumn 2022, Winter 2023)
- FREN 10200 Beginning Elementary French II (Autumn 2022, Spring 2023)
- FREN 10300 Beginning Elementary French III (Winter 2023)
- FREN 20100 French Language, History, and Culture I (Spring 2023, Autumn 2023)
- FREN 20200 French Language, History, and Culture II (Autumn 2023)