Science and Technology Studies; Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century French literature; second-language acquisition; 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 majored in Media Studies. She then received a M.A 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 in the French department at Smith College.
Elsa Stéphan specializes in Science and Technology Studies. In her book project Techno-Utopias: Utopian and Virtual Spaces in the Machine Age, she examines 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.