Professor of French and Francophone Studies, affiliated faculty with the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies and Religious Studies. She has published two books: Coran et tradition islamique dans la littérature maghrébine (Paris: Karthala, 2002), on the Islamic intertext in Francophone literature from the Maghreb, and The Star, the Cross, and the Crescent: Religions and Conflicts in Francophone Literature from the Arab World (Lexington, 2010). This latest book focuses on representations of Islam in conflicts in the cultural production of the Francophone Arab world; it was selected by Choice as a 2010 Outstanding Academic Title. Her articles on French and Francophone literatures and cinema have appeared in Nineteenth Century French Studies, L’Esprit Créateur, The French Review, Etudes Francophones, Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature, Research in African Literatures, Expressions maghrébines, The International Journal of Francophone Studies, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and French Cultural Studies. She just completed a book manuscript on “Islamic Schools in France: Minority Integration and Separatism in Western Society.” In 2014, she was among five finalists for the Five Star Faculty Award, the only university-wide teaching award selected exclusively by undergraduate students.
Most recent peer-reviewed articles:
- “Complicity with Orientalism in Third-World Women’s Writing: Fatima Mernissi’s Fictive Memoirs.” Research in African Literatures 44.3 (Fall 2013): 30-49.
- “Narrating the Prophet’s Life: Mohammed in North African Novels.” International Journal of Francophone Studies 16.4 (December 2013): 423-436.
- “Francophone Films to the Rescue: Indigenous Languages and Francophone Studies.” The French Review 88.4 (May 2015): 117-125.
- “Claiming Integration, Performing Exclusion: Yamina Benguigui’s Documentaries.” French Cultural Studies 27.2 (2016): 178-89.
- “Teaching Assia Djebar, Islam, and Islamic Feminism in the Post 9/11 World.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Assia Djebar. Ed. Anne Donadey. NY: MLA, 2017. 121-29.
- “Intégrer la banlieue en FLE débutant avec Filme ton quartier.” The French Review, forthcoming (co-authored with Honorine Rouiller).
- “Comment peut-on être Française et musulmane ? Lallab face à l'identité nationale.” French Cultural Studies, 29.3 (August 2018): 254-64 (co-authored with Ramatoulaye Mballo).