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The Department has an outstanding placement record, with graduates securing excellent jobs, both inside and outside of academia. 

2017
Elizabeth Marcus, PhD
Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities, Stanford University
Dissertation Title: Difference and Dissidence: French, Arabic and Cultural Conflict, 1943-1975

Yohann Ripert, PhD
Assistant Professor, Stetson University
Dissertation Title: Rethinking Négritude: Aimé Césaire and Léopold Sédar Senghor and the Imagination of a Global Postcoloniality

2016
Laure Astourian, PhD
Assistant Professor (tenure track), Bentley University
Dissertation Title: Outside the Metropolitan Frame: The Nouvelle Vague and the Foreign, 1954-1968
 
2015
Jacqueline Lerescu, PhD
Outreach and Development Coordinator, Modern Language Association, New York
Dissertation Title: Writing Against the Reader: Poetry and Readership in France, 1840-1880
 
Johanna Magin, PhD
Deputy Head, Euro-American Program, Sciences Po Reims, France
Dissertation Title: Bodies of Wisdom: Philosophy as Medicine in Montaigne and Pascal
 
Ana Oancea
, PhD
Assistant Professor (tenure track), Ohio Wesleyan University
Dissertation Title: The Fate of Invention in Late 19th-Century Literature
 
Rebecca Sopchik, PhD
Head of Finance and Administration, United Nations | Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Paris, France
Dissertation Title: The Radicalization of Discourse during the French Revolution
 
Alex Virastau, PhD
Lecturer, Columbia University
Dissertation Title: The Invention of Memoirs in Renaissance France

2014
Roderick Cooke, PhD
Assistant Professor (tenure track), Florida Atlantic University
Dissertation Title:  Aesthetics and Politics in the Dreyfus Affair 
              
Séverine Martin, PhD
Resident Director, Columbia University Undergraduate Programs in Paris
Dissertation Title: Out of the Néant into the Everyday: A Rediscovery of Mallarmé’s Poetics 
              
Eric Matheis, PhD
Lecturer, Columbia University
Dissertation Title: Capital, Value, and Exchange in the Old Occitan and Old French Tenson (including the Partimen and the Jeu-parti) 
              
Alexandra Perisic, PhD
Assistant Professor (tenure track), University of Miami
Dissertation Title: Contesting Globalization: Ethics, Politics, and Aesthetics in the Atlantic World Economy 
              
Erin Twohig, PhD
Assistant Professor (tenure track), Georgetown University
Dissertation Title: The Contentious Classroom: Education in Postcolonial Literature from Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia 
 
2013
Jason Earle, PhD
Assistant Professor (tenure track), Sarah Lawrence College
Dissertation Title: Conspiracies and Secret Societies in Interwar French Literature 
              
Casiana Ionita, PhD
Editor, Penguin Press, United Kingdom
Dissertation Title: The Educated Spectator: Cinema and Pedagogy in France, 1909-1930 
             
Benjamin Young, PhD
ACLS Public Fellow/Content Development Analyst, JSTOR, New York
Dissertation Title: Eloquence and Music: The “Querelle des Bouffons” in Rhetorical Context 
 

2012
Annelle Curulla, PhD
Assistant Professor (tenure track), Williams College
Dissertation Title: Forms of Enclosure: the Convent Plays of the French Revolution

Kirsten Ellicson, PhD
Language Consultant, Paris
Dissertation Title: Collecting as Self-Exploration in Late Nineteenth-Century French Literature 
               
Mehammed Mack, PhD
Assistant Professor (tenure track), Smith College
Dissertation Title: Immigration and Sexual Citizenship: Gender, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Contemporary France

2011

Matthew Bridge, PhD, JD '13
Assistant Counsel, Special Federal Litigation, Law Department, New York City
Dissertation Title:  A Monster for our Times: Reading Sade across the Centuries            

Mallika Lecoeur, PhD
Program Coordinator, Columbia Global Center, Paris
Dissertation Title: Conversation and Performance in Seventeenth-Century French Salon Culture 
              
Sarah-Louise Raillard, PhD
Free Lance Translator
Dissertation Title: Perilous Pedagogies: Female Education Questioned in the Epistolary Novels of Rousseau, Laclos, Sade, and Charrière  

2010

Olivia Harrison, PhD
Assistant Professor (tenure track), University of Southern California
Dissertation Title: Cross-Colonial Poetics: Reading Palestine in Maghrebi Literature         

Toby Wikström, PhD
Assistant Professor (tenure track), Tulane University
Dissertation Title: Law, Conquest, and Slavery on the French Stage, 1598-1685


2009

Daisy Aaronian, PhD
French Instructor, Lesley University
Dissertation Title: Simon Goulart and the Calvinist Edition of Montaigne’s Essays (1595)
 
Anne-Catherine Dutoit, PhD
Assistant Professor (tenure track), Arizona State University
Dissertation Title: Poetic Propaganda: Aesthetics and Politics in Céline’s Bagatelles pour un Massacre
 

2008

Max Kramer, PhD
Assistant Professor (tenure track), Baruch College
Dissertation Title: The Poetry of Inversion: Queer Metaphor in Arthur Rimbaud, Stefan George, and Federico García Lorca 
 
Noura Wedell, PhD
Translator, Editor, Semiotext(e), Adjunct Faculty, Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California
Dissertation Title: Blinking Space: André du Bouchet’s Ecopoiesis 
              
Andrea Thomas, PhD
Assistant Professor (tenure track), Loyola University, Baltimore
Dissertation Title: Lautréamont and the Poetics of Posterity