French language pedagogy; Women's and Gender Studies; Science and Technology; Media Studies
Elsa Stéphan is originally from France. She studied Literature in classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles before entering La Sorbonne school of communications (CELSA), where she received a M.A. (“maîtrise”) in Media Studies. She then received a M.A (“master 2”) in political science from l’Institut d’Études Politiques (“Sciences Po”), in Strasbourg, France and earned her Ph.D in French Literature from Tulane University. Before joining the faculty at Columbia, she taught at Bard College, Hamline University, Tulane University, and Smith College.
Her peer-reviewed articles and doctoral dissertation focus on science and technology studies and literature. She analyzes the development of science fiction and the representation of virtual spaces in the writing of French authors such as Jules Verne and Villiers de L’Isle-Adam. Related to this research, she has developed technologically innovative methods in French language pedagogy and has received several teaching grants that support the use of technology in the classroom.
Her current research and teaching projects focus on Gender Studies (Inclusive writing and the feminization of the French language) as well as bande dessinée. In the Fall 2019, she will offer a course on graphic novels and cinema.