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

I received 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 France and the Maghrebian and African worlds. 

I am currently an Assistant Professor of French and Adult Learning 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 evening classes, online, and in
educational travel programs. My secondary research area is in lifetime language learning
and I work closely with K-12 French teachers through the UW-Madison French Camp, Advanced
Placement Summer Institute, and France Synergies, an educational resource for teachers of

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,...