Recent Dissertations and Placements

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Xinyi Tan, PhD 2018
Exotes en Asie Francophone: François Cheng, Ying Chen, Shan Sa, Kim Thúy, Victor Segalen
Dissertation advisor: Danielle Marx-Scouras
Currently: Assistant Professor of French and Chinese, Coastal Carolina University 

Caroline Noble, PhD 2018
Mediterranean Seascapes in Contemporary French Cinema: Between Myth and Reality
Dissertation advisor(s): Maggie Flinn
Currently: Teacher, Ecole Kenwood French Immersion School

Matthew Roesch, PhD 2017
Les Sensation fortes: The Phenomenological Aesthetics of French Action Film
Dissertation advisor(s): Maggie Flinn
Currently: Career Coach/Counselor, Idaho PTECH

Darrell Estes, PhD 2017
Physical and Ontological Transformation: Metamorphosis & Transfiguration in Old French and Occitan Texts (11th –15th Centuries)
Dissertation advisor(s): Sarah-Grace Heller, Jonathan Combs-Schilling
Currently: Lecturer, The Ohio State University

Dionisio Mingallon, PhD 2017
Duplicité chamanique et vérité d’une folie dans le Neveu de Rameau de Diderot et Caligula d’Albert Camus
Dissertation advisor(s): Danielle Marx-Scouras, Karlis Racevskis (Emeritus)
Currently: Lecturer, The Ohio State University

Rachel Elizabeth Willis, PhD 2017
Souveraines de corps frontaliers: Narrating Quebec’s Insurgent Girlhood
Dissertation advisor(s): Danielle Marx-Scouras
Currently: Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor, The University of Denver

Paige Piper, PhD 2016
Deathly Landscapes: The Changing Topography of Contemporary French Policier in Visual and Narrative Media
Dissertation advisor(s): Maggie Flinn
Currently: Lecturer, The Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College

Ashley Powers, PhD 2016
The Commerce of Time: The Influence of Thirteenth Century Commercial Society on the Conception and Expression of Time in Parisian Poet Rutebeuf’s Corpus
Dissertation advisor(s): Sarah-Grace Heller, Jonathan Combs-Schilling
Currently: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Ohio Wesleyan University

Adrianne Barbo, PhD 2015
From Post-Cards to Stand-up: Cross-Cultural Representations of the Veil in the Maghreb and France
Dissertation advisor(s): Danielle Marx-Scouras
Currently: Visiting Assistant Professor, Oberlin College

Michele Gerring, PhD 2014
Conflicting Representations of Maghrebi-French Integration in France: a Spectrum of Hospitality from Derrida to Foucault, as Seen in Contemporary Novels, Films and the Magazine “Paris-Match”
Dissertation advisor(s): Cheikh Thiam, Jean-François Fourny
Currently: Lecturer in French, State University of New York at Fredonia

Douglas Roberts, PhD 2015
The Hidden Ally: How the Canadian Supreme Court Has Advanced the Vitality of the Francophone Quebec Community
Dissertation advisor(s): Wynne Wong, Danielle Marx-Scouras
Currently: Lecturer, The Ohio State University

Jaleh Sharif, PhD 2015
France-Iran: dans le sillage du ‘désintérêt’ politique à une fascination culturelle mutuelle
Dissertation advisor(s): Jennifer Willging
Currently: Teacher, Language Door Schools

Heidi Brown, PhD 2014
What I Cannot Say: Testifying of Trauma through Translation
Dissertation advisor(s): Jennifer Willging
Currently: Assistant Professor, Loyola University Maryland

Clare Balombin, PhD 2013
Saints in the Roman de Renart
Dissertation advisor(s): Sarah-Grace Heller
Currently: Independent Scholar

Anais Wise, PhD 2012
L’Ironie Merimeenne ou l'art de transformer le coup de griffe en coup de maitre
Dissertation advisor(s): Louis Shea
Currently: Language Training Specialist, U.S. Department of State

Lisa Bevevino, PhD 2012
Demis Defors: the Narrative Structure and Cultural Implications of the Contemplation of Death in Medieval French Courtly Literature
Dissertation advisor(s): Sarah-Grace Heller
Currently: Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, Morris

Jennifer Branlat, PhD 2012
Paris, Female Stardom, and 1930s French Cinema
Dissertation advisor(s): Judith Mayne (Emerita)
Currently: Faculty, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Adela Lechintan, PhD 2011
Cinematic Reverberations of Historical Trauma: Women's Memories of the Holocaust and Colonialism in Contemporary French-Language Cinema
Dissertation advisor(s): Judith Mayne (Emerita)
Currently: Lecturer, The Ohio State University

Andrew Anderson, PhD 2011
Show, Not Tell: How the Theater of the Absurd Exposes the Violence of Identity in French Postcolonial and Regional Literature
Dissertation advisor(s): Jennifer Willging
Currently: Lecturer, The Ohio State University

Julie Parson, PhD 2011
The Tradition of Femininity: Rethinking Sexuality and Gender in 1950's French Cinema
Dissertation advisor(s): Judith Mayne (Emerita)
Currently: Senior Lecturer, The Ohio State University

Elizabeth Bishop, PhD 2010
Brittany and the French State: Cultural, Linguistic, and Political Manifestations of Regionalism in France
Dissertation advisor(s): Jean-François Fourny
Currently: Senior Lecturer, The Ohio State University

Kelly Campbell, PhD 2010
Film, French, and Foie Gras: Examining the French cultural Exception
Dissertation advisor(s): Jean-François Fourny
Currently: Senior Lecturer, The Ohio State University

Jacob Schott, PhD 2010
The Kafka Case:  Constructing Kafka, Deconstructing the Self in Robert, Blanchot and Robbe-Grillet
Dissertation advisor(s): Gene Holland
Currently: Academic Tutor, AJ Tutoring

Philip Nelson, PhD 2010
Irony's Devices:  Modes of Irony from Voltaire to Camus
Dissertation advisor(s): Jennifer Willging, Karlis Racevskis (Emeritus)
Currently: Assistant Professor, Ohio Wesleyan University

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