Graduate Students 2017-18

PhD Students



JADE BASFORD. Literature. Major Professor: TBD Degree Expected: 2021.

Jade began her French studies at Eastern Kentucky University. She then completed an MA in French at the University of Kentucky in 2016. She spent the following year teaching English in Gif-sur-Yvette, a small town in France. Her research interests include 19th century literature and theories of personal identity and personhood.


Karen B.

KARINE BELIZAR, Literature. Major Professor: TBD Degree Expected: 2021.

Born in Saint Martin of Haitian descent, Karine holds an MA in Arts, Lettres et Civilisations mention Langues, Littératures Interculturelles et Éthique du Divers from Université des Antilles (Martinique 2015); and an MA in Foreign Languages and Literatures in French Studies from the University of Delaware (May 2017). For her first Master’s thesis she worked on “Les Enjeux de la Langue dans la Littérature Caribéenne. Le cas de Sea Grapes, Another Life et Omeros de Derek Walcott” (UA 2015). For her second Master’s thesis she worked on “Henri Christophe, Une Figure Tragique dans la Littérature Contemporaine Francophone/ Anglophone/ Hispanophone” (UD 2017). She is a member of Pi Delta Phi. Her main field of interest is vernacular language and identity construct in Caribbean and francophone literatures.



PIPER BLACK, Literature. Minor: Comparative Literature. Major Professor: Rosemary Peters-Hill. Degree Expected: 2020.

A native of Illinois, Piper graduated from Eastern Illinois University in December of 2013 with bachelor's degrees in French and journalism as well as a minor in entrepreneurship. She then completed her MA in French from the University of Maine in 2016 with her thesis entitled "Ireland in the Writings of Georges Dor, Jacques Ferron, and Louis Gauthier."
Her academic interests include 19th century and comparative literatures.



SYLVESTRE MEKEM DOUANLA, Literature. Major Professor: Pius Ngandu. Degree expected: May 2019.
Sylvestre holds a BA and MA from the University of Yaoundé (Cameroon) in Francophone literature. He completed another MA (Teaching French as a Foreign Language) at University of Cape Town (South Africa) in 2011. After designing a syllabus that has been implemented at UCT, he taught at Alliance Française of Johannesburg. His research interests are French and Francophone literature, postcolonial and migration studies.


Ann François 

ANN FRANCOIS, Literature. Major Professor: Adelaide Russo. Degree expected: May 2018.

Ann is  from Brussels, Belgium. Ann first moved to Louisiana in 2004 with CODOFIL as a French Immersion Teacher. She taught French immersion and French as a second language for 15 years in Belgium, Switzerland, and Louisiana. At the same time she completed an MA degree in Romance Languages ​​at University of New Orleans. Her interests are 20th and 21st century: France and Francophone literacy, with a special focus on Belgian and Francophone comic books and graphic novels, as well as French and Francophone art and cinema.


JEANNE JEGOUSSO, Literature. Minors: Anthropology, Comparative Literature. Major Professors: Pius  Ngandu, Adelaide Russo. Degree expected: May 2018.

She received her BA from François Rabelais University in Tours, France with a dual major in French Literature and Teaching French as a Second Language and a minor in Visual Arts and Theater. Jeanne completed her MA in French studies at LSU in 2014.  She created the program "LSU in Guadeloupe" in 2015. She is the President of the Graduate Student Caucus of Modern Languages.

Her academic interests include: French and Francophone literature, Caribbean and Oceanic studies, Postcolonial studies, Folkore, Anthropology.



NATACHA JEUDY, Linguistics. Major Professor: Sylvie Dubois. Degree expected December 2017. 

Natacha received her BA from the University of Poitiers, France, in 2009, with a Licence in Linguistics and a minor in Serbo-Croatian. She completed her MA degree in French at LSU in 2012. Her research interests include historical linguistics, language evolution and spelling conventions in French. She is currently working on her PhD dissertation: “Analyse comparative de cinq conventions orthographiques dans les éloges funèbres monastiques écrits par les Ursulines de France et de Nouvelle France entre le XVIIe et le XIXe siècle”.


Fabienne Kanor

FABIENNE KANOR, Literature. Major Professor: Pius Ngandu. Degree expected: May 2019.

Born in France of Martinican descent, Fabienne KANOR is a novelist anda filmmaker, and the author of several novels. Awarded Chevalier desArts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture, she also receivedthe Fetkann Award for her novel D’Eaux Douces (Gallimard, 2004), theRFO Literary Award for Humus (Gallimard, 2006), and the Grand Prix Carbet for Faire l’aventure (Lattes, 2014).Entitled Je ne suis pas un homme qui pleure (Lattes, 2016), her new novel is about being a Black female writer in France and what is left when a man runs away, when love dies. Kanor has also made short films and many documentaries, including C’est qui l’homme?, winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the Angers Film Festival in 2008, Un caillou et des hommes and Retour au Cahier a documentary about Cahier d’un retour au pays natal by Cesaire. She has worked as a reporter at France 3, Radio Nova (Paris), and International French Radio RFI. The topics she deals with in her work are the burden of collective memory on individual identity formation, West African immigration in Europe, the slave trade.



TOMAS MARTIN, Literature. Minor: Comparative Literature. Major professor: Alexandre Leupin. Degree expected: May 2020.

Tomás was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, and grew up in the New York City area. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts with a BA in English Literature in 1994. Through Middlebury College, he earned an MA in French at the University of Paris-Nanterre in 1996. Having studied medieval literature briefly with the late Karl Uitti at Princeton University, Tomás earned an MA and an MPhil in French at Yale University in 2003. After living ten years in Harlem, New York, where he taught French language at Columbia University and the Trevor Day School, he calls New Orleans his adoptive city. His interests are narrative theory, postcolonial studies, and the Hispanic and Francophone Caribbean.



LISE MBA EKANI, Literature.  Major Professor: Pius Ngandu Nkashama. Degree expected: May 2018.

Lise holds an MA in African Literatures from the University of Yaounde (Cameroon) and an MA in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Oregon. In addition to a book chapter contributing to the volume entitled Exiles and postcolonial migration (Ifrikiya Editions, 2011), her work has appeared in Francophone presence and Logosphères, two peer-reviewed scholarly journals of French and Francophone Studies. Her current areas of research interests include migration studies, African Diasporas and popular cultures, with a special emphasis on the detective novel with a connection to the (former) French colonies including hexagonal France, the Caribbean and North Africa.



John Patin

JOHN PATIN, Literature. Minor: Women's and Gender Studies. Major Professor: Kate Jensen. Degree expected: May 2018.

John is a Louisianan-Massachusite and alumnus of the French immersion program at L'Université Sainte-Anne in Nova Scotia. He received his MA from LSU in 2014. His dissertation is tentatively titled In the Blood: Repressing Reproduction in the French Convent from Sanguinity to Sexuality and analyzes works by Claudine Guérin de Tencin, Denis Diderot, Boutet de Monvel, and Claire de Duras. John was the assistant to the director of the LSU in Paris summer program from 2014 to 2017.  


MARGUERITE PERKINS, Linguistics. Major Professor: Sylvie Dubois. Degree expected: May 2017. 

A Louisiana native, Marguerite graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. in French Literature in 2009, and completed her M.A. in French (Language and Society) at LSU in 2011.  For her dissertation, she is studying francolouisianais identity, using a corpus of interviews she created with members of the Cajun, Creole, and Houma communities.  Marguerite spent the 2014-2015 school year teaching as a Maitre de Langue for the University of Poitiers, one of LSU's bilateral exchange partners.  She likes French bakeries, Louisiana festivals, and Québécois swear words.



MATHILDE  POINTIERE, Literature. Major Professor: Alexandre Leupin. Degree expected: May 2020.
Mathilde received her BA in English literature, linguistics and civilization from the University of Poitiers. She completed her MA in French literature at the University of Oregon in 2015. She took a year off from school to teach at the Alliance Française in Portland, Oregon. Her research interests are medieval and Renaissance literature.



DARINA PUGACHEVA, Literature. Major Professor: Kate Jensen. Degree expected: Spring 2018.

Darina Pugacheva is a graduate of Yaroslavl Pedagogical University in Russia, and holds an MA in French and Translation from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. In her dissertation entitled "If They Won’t Tell You, the Hair Will”: Hair Narrative in Contemporary Women’s Writing she studies the representations of women’s hair and hair narrative in the writing of Anglophone and Francophone female authors from Martinique, Guadeloupe, Nigeria and the United States. Her research interests also include literary translation and translation theories.



BARCLAY SPRIGGS , Literature. Major Professor: Kate Jensen. Degree expected: May 2018.

Barclay is a Kentucky native whose focus is on African French Literature in relation to Postcolonial and Feminist Theory. She received her BA from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky in English literature and French language and literature. She completed her MA degree in French literature through New York University in Paris, France. Her extracurricular activities include: long walks on the beach, traveling to exotic places with imaginary money, and making artwork that is neither modernist nor trite.




ARNAUD TCHEUTOU, Literature. Major Professor: Pius Ngandu. Degree expected: May 2019.

Arnaud Tcheutou completed his Bachelor's and his Master's degree in Black African Literature at the University of Douala in Cameroon. He is currently working on a PhD in Francophone Literature. Research interests: African Literary theory, African oral literature, feminism, and literary texts of Ancient Egypt.

MA Students



EDOUARD D'ESPALUNGUE. Literature. Major Professor: TBD Degree Expected: 2021.

Edouard d'Espalungue received his B.A in Economics from Aix-Marseille University in France and completed his M.A in International Business at Queen's University in Canada. He previously worked for KPMG in the Deal Advisory practice. His research interests include Francophone literature and the Industrial Revolutions.


JACEY FLATTE, Literature. Major Professor: Kate Jensen. Degree expected: May 2018.
Jacey Flatte is from Conway, AR. She received her BA in French from Lyon College in Batesville, AR. During her time there, she spent a semester abroad and studied at the University of Poitiers in France. Her interests include contemporary literature and women's and gender studies. 



MALLORY B FULLER, Literature. Major Professor: Alexandre Leupin. Degree expected: May 2018.

Mallory is a Louisiana native who earned her B.A. in French Studies from Vanderbilt University in 2013. She spent two years in Aix-en-Provence, France, as an ambassador to the Vanderbilt-in-France program and as an intern at the literary foundation Fondation St. John Perse. Her interests are varied but primarily include the Viking incursion of Normandy and the literature of the Perverse.


RACHELLE MOSING, Literature. Major Professor: TBA. Degree expected: May 2019.

Rachelle is from the Lafayette area, in the heart of Cajun country.   She received a B.A. in both French and International Studies, as well as a minor in Arabic from LSU.  After graduation, she moved to Chateauroux, France to teach English as part of the government program, TAPIF. At this time, her interest is in Francophone literature of Africa and the Middle East.