Jocelyn A. Frelier

IMG_2426I am a researcher in the fields of contemporary French & Francophone literary and cultural studies, migration and diaspora studies, transnational studies, and gender and queer theory. My research questions are largely motivated by the movement of people across national boundaries and by how our narratives about the world change with our circumstances. I am fascinated by the simultaneous cultural specificity and universality of the themes I study

My career recently led me to Bryan, Texas, where I accepted a position at Texas A&M University. I hold an appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of International Studies, effective fall 2020.

Research and Writing

My work has led to a variety of publications. I’ve written a handful of journal articles and recently finished my first book-length monograph, Transforming Family: Queer Kinship and Migration in French, Moroccan and Algerian Literature of the 21st Century. In this book, I examine a selection of novels penned by francophone authors who use their creative work to depict the struggles confronted by transnationally-positioned families and argue that migrant families are always already queer. These texts offer new theories about what it means to be family in a globalized world.

The texts I study are widely, publicly consumed and shape popular culture even more than they do academic conversation. It is my contention that as university scholars we should also participate in public discussion and, to that end, I also aim to participate in intellectual conversations that happen outside of peer-review and pay walls.

There is more information about my research and writing activity on the research tab of this webpage.

Education and Background

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.

Prior to arriving at Texas A&M, I held a position as an Assistant Professor of French in the Department of World Languages & Cultures at Sam Houston State University between the fall of 2018 and the spring of 2020. At SHSU, I taught both French language and upper-division courses.