I chose to get my Ph.D. in Comparative Literature because I could not pin down one research interest. Traveling to over 28 different countries as a student and a volunteer has filled me with a deep appreciation for the differences and similarities between cultures and I try to include a little bit of this in every class I teach. In my entry-level writing courses, I like to challenge my students to examine the myth of the American Dream and discern whether this dream is attainable by every inhabitant of the U.S. as so many believe. In my advanced writing courses, I encourage my students to share their family’s or friends’ life-changing experiences and to research how our community reaches out to help those in need.
As a daughter of a French immigrant mother who had to relearn her maternal language, I find that I can especially appreciate the challenges our multilingual students face, especially our international students who work so hard to get a college degree in a foreign language. For all my students, I love breaking down the belief I hear so often: “I’m just not a good writer.” I believe all my students have the capability of being good writers – writing takes practice and perseverance pays off.
Ph.D in Comparative Literature at UC Davis
MA in Comparative Literature at San Francisco State University
BA in Liberal Arts at San Francisco State University
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"Tangled Voices: multilingualism at work in Patrick Chamoiseau's Chronique des sept misères." Antillanité, créolité, littérature-monde. Eds. Isabelle Constant, Kahiudi C. Mabana, and Philip Nanton. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.
Degoul, Franck. "We are the mirror of your fears": Haitian Identity and Zombification." Better Off Dead: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human. Trans. Elisabeth M. Lore. Eds. Deborah Christie and Sarah Juliet Lauro. Fordham University Press: New York, 2011.