The themes that connect my various academic articles include my interest in the movement of people across space, the contemporary legacies of the (former) French empire, and the continued interconnectedness between France and the francophone world. Each article is shaped by a research method rooted in literary analysis and a methodology that relies on gender theory.
The following two articles emerged while I was preparing my scholarly book:
- “Surrogacy: Temporary Familial Bonds and the Bondage of Origins in Fouad Laroui’s Une année chez les Français“ was selected for the 2017 Mark Tessler AIMS Graduate Student Paper Prize and published in The Journal of North African Studies.
- “Chosen Brotherhood in Abdellah Taïa’s Celui qui est digne d’être aimé“ appears in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies.
North Africa is a complex region with a layered history of cross-cultural connections. Recent trends in North African studies have, justifiably, pushed for research that accounts for the multiplicity of the region. I have written two peer-reviewed articles that attend to that multiplicity:
- “Feminist Theories of Development Farida Benlyazid’s Double-Bildungstory, La vida perra de Juanita Narboni (2005)” is part of a special issue on contemporary iterations of the Bildungsroman genre in Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures.
- “Dear Dad: Laila Lalami and the Moroccan-American Dream” contributes to a special issue on North African cultural production that is not in French, published in The Journal of the African Literature Association.
My final peer reviewed essay is a comparative analysis of French and English language texts that examine gender in diasporic contexts:
- “Maternal Becoming in the Vietnamese Transdiaspora: Kim Thúy’s Ru (2012) and Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do (2017)” appeared in Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies in the fall of 2022.
My research thrives on the synergy of exchanging ideas and I welcome opportunities to participate in conferences or get involved in collaborative projects.