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Hervé Picherit received his PhD in French Studies from Stanford University (2008) and has been a member of the Department of French and Italian at UT since 2012. The questions framing his research interests are about individual and shared strategies of aesthetic self-fashioning, in particular those that individuals or groups adopt in the face of traumatic upheavals. In pursuit of these questions, he has explored the fields of twentieth century French literature, the novel, film, and the avant-garde.
In Spring 2023 he will be teaching a graduate seminar FR 391K: Im/Possible Narratives: Remembering, Witnessing, and Imagining WWII and the Holocaust.
Rachel (Poulin) Dorsey is a sixth year PhD student in French linguistics. Her research focuses on the psycholinguistic factors of bilingualism and how a bilingual's diverse daily experiences help shape both their cognitive control (CC) and language processing abilities. In her dissertation, Rachel investigates how code-switching practices, first and second language proficiencies, age of immersion, and a bilingual's relative language dominance impacts both latency and accuracy measurements in the Stroop paradigm in an effort to understand why some bilinguals outperform others on measures of CC.
In 2022 Vanessa Fanelli received her Ph.D. in Italian Studies and Women and Gender Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. In 2017 she received her masters in Italian Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. In 2013 Vanessa received her BA in Cultural Heritage Studies, from the Università Statale di Milano magna cum laude.
Her research focuses on Italian female stardom, with particular interest on the negotiating power of actresses within the film production system.
In Spring 2023 she will be teaching ITC 336 "Vamps, Stars, and the Diva".
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