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French Studies


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Andrea Blatz

Assistant Instructor, Graduate student

andreablatz@utexas.edu |
HRH 4.130

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

Interests: science fiction, translation, space and place, ecocriticism

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Julia Burgin

Graduate Student, Walther Fellow

jeburgin@utexas.edu

Education: M.A. in French Literature, University of Florida

Interests: 19th century, romanticism, literature and the visual arts, jewish studies, orientalism, early colonial history

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Molly Deaver

Teaching Assistant, Graduate Student

mfdeaver@utexas.edu |
HRH 4.158

Education: M.A. in French, University of Alabama

Interests: 19th and 20th century French literature, life writing, memory studies, modernism

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Valentin Duquet

Assistant Instructor, Graduate student

vduquet@utexas.edu

Education: M.A. in French & Francophone Studies, Syracuse University

Interests: Travel Literature & Orientalism; Saint-Simonianism; Naturalism; Politics, Economics & Religion

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Noemie Hamaide

Assistant Instructor, Graduate student

noemie.hamaide@utexas.edu

Education: M.A in French Literature, Texas Tech University

Interests: 20th and 21st French literature, roman de gare, urban spaces, graphic novels

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Sarah Le Pichon

Assistant Instructor, Graduate student

lepichonsarah@gmail.com |
HRH 2.114 (main office)

Education: MA French, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: 19th century; epistolarity; life writing; trauma-informed teaching; inclusive pedagogies; critical pedagogy

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Emily Martin

Graduate Student, Walther Fellow

emily.martin@utexas.edu

Education: M.F.A in Poetry and Translation, Columbia University

Interests: 20th and 21st Century Literature; Poetry, Short Prose Forms, and Hybrid Genres; Cinema; Translation; Literature and Linguistics

Kathleen Nelson

Assistant Instructor, Graduate student

katenelson@utexas.edu

Education: M.A. in French and Francophone Studies, California State University, Long Beach

Interests: 19th-21st Century, Literature of North Africa and the Banlieue, Francophone Cinema, Women and Gender Studies, Diversity & Equity in Higher Education, Second Language Pedagogy

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Kevin P. Nonin

Graduate student

kpnonin@utexas.edu

Interests: Long nineteenth century, romanticism and realism, nation-building, sociology of culture, transclasses

Heather Sanders

Assistant Instructor, Walther Fellow, Graduate student

hdsanders@utexas.edu

Education: M.A. in French Language and Literature, Boston College

Interests: 19th and 20th century literature; cinema; literary theory; narratology; adaptation studies; genre studies

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Keith Wagner

Assistant Instructor, Graduate student

keith.wagner@utexas.edu |
720-297-9030 |
HRH 4.116

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

Interests: fin de siècle culture, urban studies, architectural history, 19th century French literature, translation studies, Franco-Romanian relations

Amelia Wells

Assistant Instructor, 2016-2017 Walther Fellow, Graduate student

512-471-8682 |
HRH 4.102A

French Linguistics


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Tracey Adams

Assistant Instructor, Walther Fellow, Graduate Student

traceygadams@utexas.edu |
HRH 4.168

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

Interests: Bilingualism, Language Contact, Sociolinguistics, Phonetics

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David Barny

Assistant Instructor, Graduate student

dgbarny@gmail.com |
HRH 4.114C

Education: M.A. in the Teaching of Languages (MATL), concentrationin French, The University of Southern Mississippi

Interests: French as a Foreign Language, Intercultural and L2 Pragmatics, Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), Digital Game-Based Language Learning (DGBLL)

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Genevieve Ferrier-Rainey

Graduate Student, Walther Fellow

ferrierraineygene@utexas.edu

Education: Ph.D French Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Intercultural and L2 Pragmatics; French as a Second Language; Sociolinguistics; Language Contact

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Karina High

Assistant Instructor, Graduate student

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.

Nicolas Mireles

Graduate Student, Walther Fellow

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Rachel Poulin

Assistant Instructor, Graduate student

rachel.poulin@utexas.edu |
HRH 4.104

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

Interests: Bilingualism, Second Language Acquisition, Language Processing, Executive Control, Psycholinguistics, Language Contact, Language Variation, Sociolinguistics

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Marylise Rilliard

Assistant Instructor, Walther Fellow, Graduate Student

mrilliard@utexas.edu |
512-471-8771 |
HRH 4.102C

Education: M.A. in English Studies, Université Lumière Lyon 2, France

Interests: Sociolinguistics, Bilingualism, Language Contact, Language Variation, Second Language Acquisition

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Liron Shlesinger

Graduate Student

lirons@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. in French; B.A. in Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Interests: Psycholinguistics, Neurolinguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Bilingualism, Phonetics

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Lamia Trifi

Assistant Instructor, Graduate student

latrifi@utexas.edu

Education: M.A. in Linguistics and TESOL, West Virginia University

Interests: Phonology, Sociophonetics, Sociolinguistics, Bilingual First Language Acquisition

Italian Studies


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Arianna Avalle

Assistant Instructor, Graduate student

arianna.avalle@utexas.edu |
HRH 4.132

Education: M.A Italian Studies; B.B.A. in Marketing with a minor in European Studies, University of Texas at Austin;Texas Tech University

Interests: Literary, Media-induced and Virtual Tourism, Travel Literature, Media Convergence, Transmedia Storytelling, Women's studies and Destination Marketing

Francesca Beretta

Assistant Instructor, Graduate student

francesca.beretta@utexas.edu

Education: M.A. in Language and Linguistics, Lancaster University, UK

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Robert Bucci

Assistant Instructor, Graduate student

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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Guido Capaccioli

Assistant Instructor, Graduate student

gucapaccioli@utexas.edu |
HRH 4.176

Education: Laurea Magistrale, Università degli Studi di Firenze

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Magda Ivette Collazo Simonet

Graduate Student, OGS Fellow

magda.collazo@utexas.edu

Education: M.A. in Italian, University of Notre Dame; B.A. in Anthropology, Forensic Science, and Italian Language, Literature, and Culture, Syracuse University

Interests: Luigi Pirandello, Perceptions of Humanity, Theater, Italian cinema, Women's studies, Anthropology, Criminal Justice and Forensics

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Vanessa Fanelli

Assistant Instructor, Graduate student

vanessa_fanelli@utexas.edu |
HRH 4.140

Education: Laurea Triennale, Università degli Studi di Milano

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

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Carlos Devin Fernandez

Assistant Instructor, Graduate student

cdf19@utexas.edu |
HRH 4.170

Education: M.A. in Italian Studies, B.A. in Greek and Latin, Florida State University

Interests: Thirteenth and Fourteenth Century Italian Literature, History, and Culture; Dante Studies; The 'Questione della lingua;' The Classical Tradition in Medieval and Renaissance Italy; Historical Romance Linguistics; Ancient and Medieval Warfare

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Samuel Gaglio

Assistant Instructor, Ph.D Candidate

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

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

Interests: Italo Calvino, Posthumanism, Ecocriticism, Animal Ontology in the Humanities, Pedagogy

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Dylan Gilbert

Teaching Assistant, Graduate Student

dylan.gilbert@utexas.edu |
HRH 4.166

Education: M.A. in Italian Studies, B.A. in History of Art and Architecture and Russian, Middlebury College

Interests: Photography, Matera, Anni di piombo, Environmental Disasters, Nuclear Anxieties, Toxicity, Pedagogy

Pasquale Palmieri

Ph.D. Candidate, OGS Fellow

pasquale.palmieri@utexas.edu

Interests: Early Modern History and Culture, Book History and Print Culture, Early Modern Italian Literature, Eighteenth-Century European Culture

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Claudia Pisano

Assistant Instructor, Graduate student

claudia.pisano@utexas.edu |
HRH 4.178

Education: M.A. in European, American, and Postcolonial Languages and Literatures, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

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Valerio Rossi

Assistant Instructor, Graduate student

valerio.rossi@utexas.edu |
HRH 4.138

Education: M. A. in Geography, Università degli Studi di Milano & Università degli Studi di Genova; B.A. in History, Università degli Studi di Milano

Interests: 19th century Italian and European Literature, Comparative literature, Visual culture, Aesthetics, Picturesque, Travel Literature, Orientalism, Space and Landscape

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Elisa Valentini

Ph.D. Candidate

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

Education: M.A. in Protection of Human Rights and Cultural Heritage in the Mediterranean Region and Eurasia, University of Bologna (Italy); M.A. in Italian Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Early Twentieth-Century Italian Cultural and Scientific History, Early Twentieth-Century Avant-Garde, Italian Futurism, Ardengo Soffici

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Patrick Vilim

Assistant Instructor, Graduate student

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