French Graduate Students

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Clara Bichon

Clara received her bachelor's degree in anglophone arts, literatures and civilizations at the University of Nantes in France. She is currently a master's student and language instructor in the French department at the University of Maryland. Her academic interests and research focus on francophone literatures and more especially on political engagement and organization of social movements, gender studies and ecofeminism.





Jillian Bruns

Jillian Bruns is a PhD student of Modern French Studies and is also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland. She holds a Masters of Arts in Romance Languages and Literatures as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in French and Philosophy from the University of Missouri- Kansas City. Her current research explores the positionality of the author to its text as seen through the primary textual corpus of francophone feminist cinema and 21st century autofiction. Recent conference presentations include “The Medusian Gaze of the Exiled White Woman in Claire Denis’ ‘Chocolat’ and ‘White Material’ ” and “Le ‘cinéspace’ féministe de Claire Denis : la signification du paysage comme espace de marginalization”. 


Leandra Cormier 

Leandra is from Blois (Loir-Et-Cher, Region Centre), France. She graduated from the Universite Francois Rabelais, Tours, France with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Foreign Languages (L.E.A.) and from the University of Wyoming with a Master’s degree in French Literature, in which she acquired a two-year experience of teaching. Her research focuses on Francophone literature and Franco-African literature. She concentrates on the Mouvement de la Negritude, Malagasy literature in particular. 


Guilhem Le Saux

Guilhem grew up in Nantes, France and got his degree in Anglophone literatures, civilisations and linguistics with a minor in Spanish there at l'Université de Nantes. He did a semester as an exchange student at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington with ISEP and spent time studying in Ireland before continuing his studies. He is now a master's student and an instructor of French at the University of Maryland. His academic interests include voyage literature, Irish literature, French 18th century literature, linguistics, nature and ecocriticism. Another important thing is that he has a beautiful cat called Brioche. 


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Charlee Redman

Charlee M. Redman is in the Masters program in French Studies. Before coming to Maryland, she received her B.A. in English and French and Francophone Studies at Penn State University, where she also worked as an editorial assistant at the Penn State University Press. Her interests include early modern travel literature and culture, as well as late nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature from France and the Francophone world, and particularly the intersection of cultural politics, place, and identity. She is also interested in translation, and has worked on translating a French-language novel by Cameroonian author Angèle Kingué.



Elizabeth Robinson

Elizabeth Robinson is a student in the French PhD program. She completed her BA in French and Spanish at SUNY Geneseo, and her MA in French with a concentration in Canadian Studies at SUNY at Buffalo. She received grants from the AIEQ (Association Internationale des Études Québécoises) and ACQS (American Council for Quebec Studies) to study at McGill University in Montreal. Liz’s primary research interests include Quebec, French Canada, les filles du roi, historical literature, feminism and women’s studies. Liz has also volunteered as social media coordinator for the ACQS as well as currently serving ACSUS (Association for Canadian Studies in the US). And in the summer of 2016 Liz participated as an historical reenactor (a fille du roi) in the St Jean parade in Montreal. Her most recent conference presentation was entitled, “Narrating History: Exchanges between an Historical Character and actual Ancestor, Marie Major by Sergine Desjardins” at the biennial ACQS conference in November 2016.


Callan Roten

Callan is a PhD student in the French Program. Before coming to Maryland, Callan received a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, and a Master of Arts in French Literature from the Florida State University. Callan also served as a legal aid, interpreter, and French language instructor for asylum seeking refugees through the organization France Terre d’Asile in Stains, France. As a former circus performer/aerialist, Callan’s main research interests include circus, theater, spectacle, the female body, and dance. Her other research interests include the 19th and 20th centuries, feminism, gender studies, and identity. Callan is currently working as an English lecturer at l’Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis in Nice, France and is awaiting publication of her book review on Jeanne de Flandreysy, Correspondance de la Grande Guerre à Folco de Baroncelli. Tome I (1914-1915) for the journal Women in French Studies


Francesca Roth

Francesca Roth is a student in the PhD program.  Francesca completed her undergraduate degree in French Literature and Art History and a MA in Humanities with a French concentration, both at Hood College in Frederick, MD.  She also studied for a year in France at Paris III,  L’Institut  Catholique, and L’Institut de Touraine. Francesca’s research focuses on creating an image of the trauma that the French suffered on a societal level during the Reign of Terror by following its effects on French literature— a form of collective memory— during the event itself and for the following century :  specifically, from 1789-1889.