Jocelyn A. Frelier

IMG_3894I am a researcher in the fields of French & Francophone literary and cultural studies, gender studies, and family studies. I joined the Department of World Languages & Cultures at Sam Houston State University in the fall of 2018 as an Assistant Professor of French, where I teach both French language and upper-division courses.

I received a B.A. in Romance Languages & Literatures from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages & Literatures from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. While at Michigan, I also completed a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies and a Graduate Teacher Certificate with the Center for Research on Learning and Training. I also held a lecturer appointment in the Université de Paris VII, Diderot’s UFR Études Anglophones during the 2014-2015 academic year.

My first book-length monograph, Transforming Family: North Africa, the Francophone Diaspora and Kinship in the 21stCentury, sheds light on the transnational predicaments of many of today’s families and uncovers the need to re-examine our understanding of family, altogether. This work is of critical importance as scholars develop frameworks for understanding what has been called today’s global “migrant crisis.” An article-length essay (found here) which will inform one of the book’s chapters has appeared in The Journal of North African Studies.

An off-shoot of my primary research interests (available here), which focused on Moroccan filmmaker Farida Benlyazid’s La vida perra de Juanita Narboni, was recently published in Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures. I am also very interested in the work of authors Abdellah Taïa and Laila Lalami (essays forthcoming)  and discourses of migration as they appear in popular culture.