My current research is a book-length project treating writings on Algeria by
Fromentin, Loti, Gautier, and Flaubert. 

I earned my PhD from the Department of French and Italian at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison in 2005 with the area of focus of Francophone modernity. My research
focuses on the French colonial period in Algeria (1830-1962) and deals with the relation
between the French and Maghrebian worlds. 

I am currently Assistant Professor of French in Continuing Studies at the UW-Madison
where I serve as the director of the department’s French programs, and teach French
language, literature, and culture in adult continuing classes, online, and in educational
travel programs. 

Algerian Literature

“Nedjma as Salammbô: Kateb’s Intertextual Narrative of National Plurality” (2014)

Kateb Yacine’s 1956 novel Nedjma is read as articulating a moment of national awakening. The...


“Rehumanizing the Odalisque: Leïla Sebbar’s Mes Algéries en France” (2012)

For almost thirty years, Franco-Algerian author Leïla Sebbar has probed the inextricable pasts of her...



"The Unburied: Fromentin's Haunted Algerian Journeys", French Literature Conference (2014)

In the spring of 1846, orientalist painter and author Eugène Fromentin decided to journey to...



"Algeria in France: Colette's 'Le manteau de spahi'", The French Review (2012)

Colette’s oblique representations of France’s colonial project in Algeria are examined through her short story,...