Graduate Students 2019-2020

PhD Students 


Jade BasfordLiterature. 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.

SylvestreSylvestre Mekem Douanla, Literature. Major Professor: Pius Ngandu. Degree expected: May 2020.

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.

AnnoshAnoosheh Ghaderi, Literature. Major Professor: TBD, Degree Expected: Spring 2022

Anoosheh holds a BA degree in French Translation from Allameh Tabatabaei University. Native of Iran, she is interested in the Francophone immigrant literature and cinema, post-colonial studies as well as gender and feminist studies. she completed her fist MA in French studies at the University of Tehran in 2014. For her master dissertation, she focused on the cinema of French feminist director Agnes Varda and studied her influence on Iranian director Tahmineh Milani. She sought a 2d MA majoring in French Studies and minoring in Cinema Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her secondary interests consist of psychoanalysis, comics and graphic novels, autobiography, memory and Trauma studies, religious and queer studies. She published a chapter entitled “The Notion of Comics in Iran” within a contribution with University of Giessen in 2014.

FaridaFarida Guechoud-Orwin, Literature. Major Professor: TBD, Degree Expected: Spring 2022

Born in Algeria, of Amazigh (Berber) origin. Farida holds a Mastersin Philosophy of science from the University of Algiers and Second Master degree in Theories of Science from University Paris 8. She has taught philosophy to high school students for seven year. Since arriving in the United States, she has taught Arabic and French in Chicago, Boston and Baton Rouge, where she worked for the public schools. In her research, she examines theories of language and literature in the history of philosophy, including Aristotle on Greek literature, Al-Farabi on Islamic literature, and now Rousseau of French literature.

Ashley Holt, Literature. Major Professor: TBD, Degree Expected: Spring 2022Ashley

A Florida native, Ashley holds a BA and MA in French Literature from Florida State University. After earning her MA in 2011, she spent the next several years living and working in Washington, DC and Catania, Sicily, where she was a contributing writer to The Greenwood Encyclopedia of the Daily Life of Women. Her research interests are in Medieval and Renaissance Franco-Italian literature.


Phuong Nguyen, Linguistics. Major Professor: TBA. Degree expected: May 2022.

Phuong comes from Vietnam, an Asian country. She received a Master degree in French linguistics in France in 2011. After graduation, she came back to Vietnam to teach French for Vietnamese students in the National University of Vietnam. At this time, her interest is in linguistics and sociolinguistics.


Mathilde Pointiere, Literature. Minor: Comparative Literature. Major Professor: Kate Jensen. Degree expected: May 2021.

Mathilde received her BA in English literature, linguistics and civilization from the University of Poitiers, France. She completed her MA in French literature at the University of Oregon in 2015. After receiving her degree, she spent a year teaching various age groups and levels at the Alliance Française in Portland, Oregon. 

In her doctoral dissertation, she analyzes different representations of female agency in French medieval literature, notably in works by Chrétien de Troyes, Heldris de Cornouailles and Christine de Pizan. Her research interests include: medieval and Renaissance literature, pedagogy, feminist critique and women and gender studies, comparative literatures.


Arnaud Tcheutou, Literature. Major Professor: Pius Ngandu. Degree expected: May 2020.

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.

RachelleRACHELLE MOSING, Literature. Major Professor: Dr. Peters-Hill. Degree Expected: Fall 2022 

Rachelle is from the Lafayette area, the heart of Cajun country.   She holds two B.A.’s: one in French and one in International Studies, as well as a minor in Arabic. She received her MA in French Studies from LSU in 2019.  She lived in Chateauroux, France to teach English as part of the government program, TAPIF. Her interests include 19th and 20th century literature, screen arts, Francophone literature of Africa and the Middle East, and women and gender studies. She is currently the vice president of the French Graduate Student Association, which will host its 14th annual Graduate Student Conference entitled “Inclusion/Exclusion: Exploring Differences Across Boundaries.”

khadim headshot KHADIM DOUMOUYA, Literature. Major Professor: TBD. Degree Expected: Fall 2023 

Khadim Doumouya is a native of Dakar in Senegal. He has completed his Bachelor's and his Maitrise in British and African Literature and Civilization at the University  Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar in Senegal. He also earned a Master in French and Francophone studies at Mississippi State University. He is currently working on a PhD in Francophone Literature. Research interests: African literary movements and their evolution through the history, their challenges and their place in the world literary circle.


CAMILLE GROS, Literature. Major Professor: TBD, Degree Expected: Spring 2022

Camille Gros is a French native from a small town nearby Avignon in Provence. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Anglophone literature and civilization from the Université de Toulon et du Var in France (2003) and a bachelor’s degree in French literature from Agnes Scott College (Atlanta, GA – 2005) where she also worked as a French Teaching Assistant for 2 years. Pursuing her interest in both French and American literatures, she graduated from Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA) with two master’s degrees (in August 2008 and May 2009 respectively), concentrating her research on theater plays. After graduation, she worked for five years in Miami, FL, as Marketing Manager for the Latin America and Caribbean Region of CDM Smith, an engineering company specializing in water, wastewater, transportation and recycling. She then became Director of admissions and communication for a 3-campus business school (ESCEM) located in the Loire Valley, France. After 10 years of professional experience in Business, she made the decision to pursue her dream of obtaining a Ph.D. in French Literature at Louisiana State University.

Her research interest lies in the expression and communication (or lack thereof) of secrets and intimate revelations, looking into eavesdropping in theater plays, personal diaries, etc. She is also interested in the depiction of management through literature and the character of the “petit-maître” or “petit-patron” as a sociological representation of managerial issues in the French Business world.

Tara O Donnell - PhD Student

TARA O'DONNELL, Literature. Major Professor: TBD, Degree Expected: Spring 2023

Coming from Virginia, Tara holds a BA in French Literature and an MA in Teaching Foreign Language from the University of Virginia. After earning her MA in 2013, she spent a school year in Belfort, France teaching English through TAPIF. After returning, she taught French for six years at The Covenant School, a private high school in Charlottesville, VA. Her research interests are African literature, post-colonialism, and immigration. 

Julius Osei

JULIUS YAW OSEI, Literature. Major Professor: TBD. Degree expected: Spring 2024.

Julius is a Ph.D. Candidate in Francophone literature. He had his masters in French and Francophone literature at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He earned his BA. French at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (knust), Ghana and his Diploma in Basic Education (D.B.E) at Wesley College of Education (Wesco). His area of interests are: Contemporary francophone literature, Caribbean literature, comparative literature, contemporary US civilization and religion, racism and immigration, gender and feminist studies

Master Students


DUONG NGUYEN, Linguistics, Major Professor: Sylvie Dubois. Degree expected: May 2021

Duong Nguyen obtained an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Thang Long University and worked in the field of Tourism after graduation. In 2019, he decided to continue to his academic career by applying for a Master's program in the Department of French Studies. 

He is a research assistant in the Department, and the new assistant to the Center's director. He is in charge of of the website and uses his knowledge in information technology. His mains interests are Computer Sciences, Sociolinguistics and Tourism. 

Adriana Bonilla

ADRIANA NAVIDAD BONILLA, Linguistics. Major Professor: Dr. Sylvie Dubois. Degree Expected: 2021

From the Chicagoland area, Adriana earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and French from Aurora University. Following graduation, she spent a year in Paris teaching English for the Academie de Versailles at the secondary level. Upon returning to the U.S., Adriana ventured down South to put pen to paper once more, and has started working towards her Master's degree in French Linguistics at Louisiana State University.


LEIGH DANIELLE HONEYCUTT PORCHE, Linguistics. Major Professor: Sylvie Dubois. Degree Expected: May 2021.

Danielle holds a BA from Louisiana State University in Business and French. She pursued further coursework at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City. From FIT she was recruited by Neiman Marcus where she began work in their headquarter buying offices, traveling to bi-coastal fashion markets and procuring women's clothing for their stores nationwide. She has returned to academia to pursue a Master's Degree in French with a concentration in Fashion. She is married to a French-speaking Creole and has two children, who both attend French Immersion primary school.

Seth Poore_Master's student

SETH POORE, Literature. Major Professor: TBD. Degree expected: Fall 2022

Native of the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, Seth completed a Bachelor of Arts in French at Roanoke College from 2016 to 2020. During this time, he studied in Paris at Columbia Global Centers’ Reid Hall and lived in Europe for 7 months. Seth intends to further expand his knowledge of francophone literature and culture as he studies here at LSU.

Research interests currently include: societal, economic, and structural effects of coffee during the Enlightenment, Cajun literature, and francophone postcolonialism.