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French Linguistics


Tracey Adams

Teaching Assistant

traceygadams@utexas.edu |
HRH 4.168

Education: B.A. in French, B.A. in Linguistics, University of Florida

Interests: Bilingualism, Language Contact, Sociolinguistics

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Joshua Griffiths

Assistant Instructor

j.griffiths@utexas.edu |
512-471-7407 |
HRH 4.170

Education: M.A. in French Linguistics, UT Austin

Interests: Second Language Acquisition, Phonology, Corpus Phonology, Cognitive Science

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Karina High

Assistant Instructor

khigh@utexas.edu |
512-471-9618 |
HRH 4.148

Education: M.A. French, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Comparative and Diachronic Romance Linguistics; Language Variation and Contact; Grammaticalization; Sociolinguistics.

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Brendon Kaufman

Assistant Instructor

bkaufman@utexas.edu |
HRH 4.144

Education: B.A. Mathematics, B.A. French, Hamilton College (NY)

Interests: Sociolinguistics, Language Attitudes and Ideology, Language Variation

James Law

Assistant Instructor

jimlaw@utexas.edu |
512-471-9427 |
HRH 4.142

Interests: Lexical semantics; cognitive linguistics; historical corpus linguistics

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Fanny Macé

Walther Scholar 2017-2018

fmace@utexas.edu |
HRH 4.110

Education: M.A, English and American Studies/TESOL, Université François Rabelais (Tours, France)

Interests: Linguistic Anthropology, Critical Discourse Analysis, Political Discourse, Computer-Mediated Communication

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Elizabeth Mayne

Assistant Instructor

elizabeth.anne.mayne@gmail.com |
512-471-8458 |
HRH 4.128

Education: MA in French Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Interests: pragmatics, second language acquisition, memetics, semiotics, computer-mediated communication

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Rozen Neupane

Assistant Instructor

rneupane@utexas.edu |
512-471-9636 |
HRH 4.150

Education: M.A. French, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Sociolinguistics, language contact, Québec, South Asian languages, computational linguistics, language planning and policies

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Caitlin O Neil

Assistant Instructor

coneil3141@utexas.edu |
512-471-8964 |
HRH 4.114

Education: M.A. French, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Translation; language ideologies; historical linguistics

Marylise Rilliard

2016-2017 Walther Fellow

512-471-8771 |
HRH 4.102C

French Studies


Amir Aziz

Teaching Assistant

aaziz@utexas.edu |
512-471-9967 |
HRH 4.168

Education: International Studies, French, Arabic, University of Mississippi

Interests: Francophone North African literature and cultural studies; Postcolonial theory; Feminist of color theory; Gender and sexuality; Race/ethnicity and social justice; Queer immigration and sexual politics; Performance and theater studies; Transnational feminist and queer movements

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Andrea Blatz

2016-2017 Walther Fellow

andreablatz@utexas.edu |
HRH 4.102A

Education: B.A. in French and Linguistics, Colgate University

Interests: North Africa, Postcolonialism, 20th and 21st Century

Stephanie Brynes

Assistant Instructor

stephaniebrynes@gmail.com |
512-471-5390 |
HRH 4.158

Education: M.A. in French Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: women's literature; autofiction; questions of memory, identity, and gender; translation studies and transnational literature in the early 20th century

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Yasmina Fawaz

Assistant Instructor

yazzfawaz@utexas.edu |
HRH 4.164

Education: MA French Literature, University of Georgia

Interests: African Francophone Literature, Race and Gender studies, Ecocriticism

Sarah Le Pichon

Assistant Instructor

lepichonsarah@gmail.com |
512-471-8906 |
HRH 4.112

Education: BA French and English, Lewis & Clark College

Interests: 19th century; Comparative/American Literature; gender studies

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Maxence Leconte

Assistant Instructor

mpl642@utexas.edu |
512-471-8540 |
HRH 4.134

Education: M.A in French Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, B.A in European History, Université Catholique de Lille.

Interests: Reality and Modernity, the Realist Novel, the City, Literary Geography and Urban Studies.

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Clémence Ozel

2016-2017 Walther Fellow

cozel@utexas.edu |
512-471-8805 |
HRH 4.104

Education: MA in French Studies, University of Texas at Austin

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Ryan Swankie

PhD Candidate in French Studies | Assistant Instructor of French, FR 317C "Enhancing French Skills"

swank1@utexas.edu |
512-471-8566 |
HRH 4.136

Education: M.A. French Studies | Master en littérature et discours francophone, Arizona State University | Paris XII

Interests: Modern French Literature: 20th Century Avant-garde Drama; 19th Century Prose-poetry; Sadean Theory

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Ashley Voeks

Ph.D. Candidate | Assistant Instructor

amvoeks@utexas.edu |
HRH 4.116

Education: M.A. in French Literature, Wayne State University

Interests: Early Modern French Literature and Culture; The French Wars of Religion; Rhetoric and Poetics; Theater and Performance; Digital Humanities

Amelia Wells

2016-2017 Walther Fellow

512-471-8682 |
HRH 4.102A

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Jocelyn Wright

Ph.D. Candidate | Assistant Instructor

jocelyn.wright@utexas.edu |
512-471-9242 |
HRH 4.132

Education: PhD Candidate in French Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Francophone literature; 20th and 21st century French literature; contemporary French culture; the French banlieue; immigration; gender studies; identity

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Laetitia Zembski

PhD Candidate / Walther Fellow

lzembski@utexas.edu |
(512) 471-8250 |
HRH 4.126

Education: M.A. Romance Languages-French Literature & Civilization / M.A. Spanish Literature, University of New Orleans

Interests: 19th Century Lit./ Courtesans in French Literature, Culture and Arts / WGS/ Autobiography/ Memoirs / French Fashion

Italian Studies


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Robert Bucci

Assistant Instructor

robert.bucci@utexas.edu |
512-471-8628 |
HRH 4.154

Education: M.A. in Italian Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Connecticut

Interests: Dante, Ecocriticism, Aesthetics, Medieval and Early Modern Italian Literature, Leopardi

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Amanda Bush

Assistant Instructor

amanda.bush@utexas.edu |
512-495-6393 |
HRH 4.178

Education: MA Italian Studies- New York University, BA Italian Studies, English Literature- John Cabot University

Interests: 20th Century Literature, Post War Cinema, Southern Italy, Gender Studies, Dialects

Vanessa Fanelli

OGS Recruitment Fellow

vanessa_fanelli@utexas.edu |
512-471-9464 |
HRH 4.140

Education: Laurea Triennale, Università degli Studi di Milano

Interests: Italian cinema, women and gender studies, gender inequality, and modern Italian panorama

Samuel Gaglio

Assistant Instructor

samgaglio@utexas.edu |
512-475-6438 |
HRH 4.156

Education: B.A. Italian Studies, B.A. Spanish & Portuguese Language & Culture, University of Colorado Boulder

Interests: Pedagogy

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Altina Hoti

Ph.D. Candidate, Assistant Instructor

altina.hoti@gmail.com |
401-924-4771 |
HRH 4.172

Education: M.A.in Italian Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Nineteenth-century nationalism and feminism in Italy and the Balkans; the writings of Dora D’Istria; Arbereshe literature; Catholic and Muslim religious orders and nineteenth -century Italian and Albanian nation-state formation; Ottoman literature; gender and science in early-modern Venice; Italian neorealist films; gender discourse and violence in 20th century film.

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Elisa Valentini

Assistant Instructor

elisa.valentini@utexas.edu |
512-475-6408 |
HRH 4.152

Education: Master of Arts in International Cooperation, Protection of Human Rights and Cultural Heritage in the Mediterranean Sea and Eurasia, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna (Italy)

Interests: Early 20th century avant-garde, Italian Futurism, Futurist art and literature, early 20th century Italian cultural and scientific history

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Patrick Vilim

Assistant Instructor

vilim@utexas.edu |
512-475-9461 |
HRH 4.182

Education: STB Theology, Università Gregoriana, Rome, ITALY, MA Italian Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Medieval Italian cultural & religious history, Francis of Assisi, Boccaccio's Decameron, Italian cinema, Italian identity, and Italian nationalism


  • Department of French and Italian

    University of Texas at Austin
    201 W 21st Street STOP B7600
    HRH 2.114A
    Austin, TX 78712-1800
    512-471-5531