Sarah Mosher

Associate Professor
University of North Dakota 

After completing her doctorate in French at the University of Arizona, Dr. Mosher began teaching at the University of North Dakota as an Assistant Professor of French in the fall of 2008. Her research examines twentieth and twenty-first century autobiographical texts and films from France, Northern Africa, and the Caribbean. Particular emphasis is placed on the relationship between gender and global human rights violations as they are represented within the artistic space of both page and screen. In collaboration with this focus on human rights and gender, her research is informed by the analysis of texts and films that address key postcolonial themes. By studying the creative works of several canonical and non-canonical French and Francophone women writers and filmmakers, her work challenges the limits and legitimacy of traditional literary and cinematographic canons. Recent projects have focused on the works of Maryse Condé, Assia Djebar, Yamina Benguigui, Lucie Aubrac, Simone de Beauvoir, and Marjane Satrapi. In September of 2010, Dr. Mosher traveled to Paris to record and publish an interview with the Franco-Algerian filmmaker and politician Yamina Benguigui. Current research includes a book project on Yamina Benguigui’s cinema and political activism, and an article detailing the human rights violations represented in Djamila Boupacha (1962) by Simone de Beauvoir and Gisèle Halimi, A specialist in women's autobiographical narratives and human rights violations, Dr. Mosher regularly offers courses in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century French and Francophone literatures, films, and cultures. Courses taught at UND have focused on the autobiographical narratives of the French-speaking Arab world, artistic crossroads in Franco-Algerian literature, Caribbean women's writing, immigration in France, and global human rights and the post-colonial. With her B.A. in Business and Marketing, she teaches French 340 "Business French." In the spring of 2014 she co-curated an art exhibit at the Empire Arts Theatre in Grand Forks that featured more than thirty-two works by the nineteenth-century French lithographer and caricaturist Honoré Daumier. Professor Mosher has lived in Paris, Lyon, and Switzerland for nearly four years including a year of study at the Sorbonne. From 1999-2001 she taught English at the Université Lumière Lyon II in Lyon, France. Dr. Mosher is currently the advisor to the Club Francophone, a board member of the International Studies Program, and a member of the University Senate and the Student Relations Committee. When she is not on campus she works as a volunteer at the Northlands Rescue Mission in downtown Grand Forks.