- Ph.D, City University of New York Graduate School and University Center, French and Certificate in Film Studies
- M.Phil., City University of New York Graduate School and University Center, French
- B.A., Hofstra University, French
I began studying French when I was 12 years old in a public school in western New York State. I've been studying film unofficially since I was an undergraduate, attending film screenings in New York City every weekend. When I decided to study abroad, I chose a decent-sized French city with a good university and an excellent cinémathèque. Outside of class, I spent most of my free time watching films at the Cinémathèque in Nice where I was living and studying. Although I saw any film that was playing, I particularly enjoyed French and Russian films. After starting graduate studies in French literature, my focus broadened to include film history and theory. My main research is on protest cultures, political modernism, and post-1968 films from France, Belgium and Switzerland, including the work of Godard, Akerman and Tanner. Some of my work has been published in Postmodern Culture, Film & History, and SITES.
Whenever possible, I teach courses with an emphasis on visual culture, including introductory and intermediate French language courses; such film courses as the French New Wave and Introduction to Francophone African cinema; and literature and the arts. I use a socio-historical approach in all my film and modern and contemporary literature courses. Recently, however, I have added theoretical approaches to memory, gender, and space in new courses.
I continue to give presentations and write on films and post-'68 protest culture, but more recently I've begun researching and writing on contemporary Francophone films of West Africa. In addition to pursuing this new research project, I plan to attend FESPACO, the largest African film festival, in Ouagadougou and run a pedagogical workshop on teaching African film to college and high school teachers next year.