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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Graduate Students

French Linguistics

Viola Green

Graduate student

violamakarova@hotmail.com  |  512-471-9447  |  HRH 4.146

Interests

  Second Language Acquisition, Bilingualism

Joshua Griffiths

2014-2015 Walther Scholar

grifjo06@gmail.com  |  HRH 4.102C

Education   

B.A. in French, Gettysburg College

Interests

  Generative Linguistics, Lab Phonetics, Second-Language Acquisition

Karina High

2014-2015 Walther Scholar

khigh@utexas.edu  |  HRH 4.102C

Education   

M. Phil. in Romance Studies, French and Italian, University of Vienna, Austria

Interests

  Comparative and Diachronic Romance linguistics; Language Variation and Contact; Romance Morphology; Sociolinguistics; Latin Epigraphy.

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Adrien Lavergne

Graduate student

adrien.lavergne@gmail.com  |  HRH 4.102A

Education   

B.A. in French, Baylor University

Interests

  Phonology/Phonetics, Historical Linguistics, Germanic Linguistics

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Fanny Macé

Graduate student

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

Education   

Master Enseignement, ESL, Université François Rabelais (France)

Interests

  Computer-Mediated Communication, Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics, French-English contact

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Elizabeth Mayne

Graduate student

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

Education   

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

Interests

  Phonetics/phonology, second language acquisition, semantics/pragmatics

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Adam McBride

Graduate student

adamfmcbride AT gmail DOT com  |  HRH 4.124

Education   

M.A. French Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Socio-historical linguistics, Syntax, Phonology, Materials development

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Monique Murphy

2014-2015 Walther Scholar

monique.murphy@utexas.edu  |  HRH 2.118B

Education   

M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  psycholinguistics, phonetics/phonology, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition

Rozen Neupane

2014-2015 Walther Scholar

rneupane@utexas.edu  |  512-471-8682  |  HRH 4.102A

Education   

B.S. in Mathematics, West Liberty University

Interests

  Sociolinguistics, Québécois French, phonetics/phonology, computational linguistics

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Jenna Nichols

2014-15 Walther Scholar

jennic@utexas.edu  |  HRH 2.118B

Education   

MA French Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Sociolinguistics, phonetics, language contact, bilingualism, North American French

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Caitlin O'Neil

Graduate student

coneil3141@utexas.com  |  (913)620-6776  |  HRH 4.114

Education   

B.A. French, Willamette University

Interests

  Historical contact linguistics

Megan Oprea

2014-15 Walther Scholar

Mgoprea@utexas.com  |  HRH 4.140

Education   

MA French, University of Texas

Interests

  Language contact, French/Arabic bilingualism, langauge attitudes, language choice and sociohistorical linguistics

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Rebekah E Post

National Science Foundation Grant Recipient

re@utexas.edu

Education   

MA in French Linguistics, University of Texas, Austin

Interests

  French/Arabic language contact, sociolinguistics, bilingualism, code-switching, syntax

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Stephanie Russo

2014-2015 Walther Scholar

stephaniekrilov@gmail.com  |  HRH 4.166

Education   

MA in French Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Endangered Romance dialects, Comparative Romance Linguistics, Contact Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

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Anna Troyansky

2014-15 Walther Scholar

anna.troyansky@utexas.edu  |  512-495-4424  |  PCL 5.543

Education   

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

Interests

  bilingualism, language contact, language acquisition, sociolinguistics, sociohistorical linguistics, dialectology

French Studies

Sarah Anderson

2014-2015 Walther Scholar

sarahanderson@utexas.edu  |  HRH 4.102C

Education   

B.A. in French, Auburn University

Stephanie Brynes

2014-2015 Walther Scholar

stephaniebrynes@gmail.com

Education   

B.A. in French and English, SUNY New Paltz

Interests

  Translation Studies, Foreign Language Acquisition, Comparative Literature

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Audrey Doussot

Graduate student

audrey.doussot@utexas.edu  |  512-471-8867  |  HRH 4.106

Education   

PhD in English studies, University of Burgundy, France

Interests

  nineteenth century literature and art, text/image relationships, media studies, semiotics, narratology

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Yasmina Fawaz

Graduate student

yazzfawaz@utexas.edu  |  516-471-9866  |  HRH 4.164

Education   

MA French Literature, University of Georgia

Interests

  Francophone Literature, Race and Gender studies, Ecocriticism

Maxence Leconte

2014-2015 Walther scholar

mpl642@utexas.edu

Education   

B.A in European History, Université Catholique de Lille

Interests

  French contemporary Literature and Film, the French identity crisis, the evolution of dandyism. Authors: Houellebecq, Beigbeder, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Lacan, Derrida, Foucault.

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Meredith Lehman

Graduate student

lehman.meredith@gmail.com  |  471-9853  |  HRH 4.152

Education   

MA French Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  19th century literature and visual culture, technology and the arts, word and image, photography

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Valérie Masson

Graduate student

valeriemasson11@gmail.com  |  512 471 9865  |  HRH 4.162

Education   

MA French Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  19th century literature and culture

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Clémence Ozel

2014-15 Walther Scholar

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

Education   

MA in French Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Christopher Reimels

2014-15 Walther Scholar

c.reimels@hotmail.com

Education   

M. A. in Romance Languages (French and Spanish), Stony Brook University

Interests

  Eighteenth Century French Enlightenment, Enlightenment authors such as Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau

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Sarah Lube Roe

2014-15 Walther Scholar

sarah.lube@gmail.com  |  4718964  |  HRH 4.114

Education   

M.A. in French Literature, University of Texas, Austin, Texas

Interests

  17th Century French Theater, French theater and adaptations across the centuries, Women and Gender Studies

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Nicholas Spinelli

2014-15 Walther Scholar

nicholas.spinelli@utexas.edu  |  512-471-6800

Education   

M.A. French Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  19th Century French, Queer Studies, The Philosophy of Emotion,

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Ryan Swankie

Graduate student

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

Education   

M.A. / Master, Arizona State University / Paris XII

Interests

  19th & 20th Century Literature, erotics, poetics, the prose poem, animality

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Ashley Voeks

David Bruton, Jr. Fellow

amvoeks@utexas.edu  |  512-471-8864  |  HRH 4.116

Education   

M.A. in French Literature, Wayne State University

Interests

  Early modern France; 16th-century French literature; Renaissance and Baroque art; rhetoric and poetics.

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Jocelyn Wright

Graduate student

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

Education   

MA in French Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Immigration, History and Memory, Francophone Literature, 20th & 21st Century Literature

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Laetitia Zembski

Graduate student

lzembski@utexas.edu  |  (512) 471-8771  |  HRH 4.126C

Education   

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

Interests

  19th Century Lit./ Courtesans in the French Culture and Arts / Women's Gender Studies/ National Identity/ Memoirs

Italian Studies

Robert Bucci

2014-15 OGS Recruitment Fellow

robert.bucci@utexas.edu  |  HRH 4.102A

Education   

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

Interests

  Dante, Medieval Italian Literature, Aesthetics, Relationship between Language and Power, Leopardi

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Amanda Bush

Graduate student

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

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Paola D'Amora

Graduate student

pdamora@utexas.edu  |  512 475 6334  |  HRH 4.172

Education   

PhD in Italian Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Immaterial labor culture in Italy, white-collar workers, Italian comedy.

Melissa Demos

Graduate student

m.demos@utexas.edu  |  HRH 4.154

Education   

MA, University of Pittsburgh (Italian Language and Literature); BA, California State University at Chico (Humanities),

Interests

  Renaissance and baroque art history and literature, text/image relationships, Italian national identity

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Elizabeth Florea

Graduate student

eflorea@utexas.edu  |  HRH 4.156

Education   

M.A. - Italian Studies, Middlebury College

Interests

  Medieval and Italian Renaissance cultural history, women writers, travel literature and gender studies.

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Altina Hoti

Graduate student

altina.hoti@gmail.com  |  401-924-4771  |  HRH 4.176

Interests

  Catholic and Muslim religious orders and nineteenth-century 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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Stephanie Hotz

Graduate student

shotz87@gmail.com  |  512-465-6393  |  HRH 4.174

Education   

M.A. Italian Studies, University of Texas - Austin

Interests

  Contemporary Italian Literature, Post War Italian Cinema, Gender Studies

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Beatrice Giuseppina Mabrey

2014-15 OGS Continuing Fellow

bmabrey@gmail.com  |  HRH 4.174

Education   

Master of Arts in Italian Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Contemporary Italian Literature

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Ettore Marchetti

Graduate student

ettore@utexas.edu  |  HRH 4.134

Interests

  Contemporary Italian linguistics. Language and mass-media. Language and Italian Cinema

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Matthew Rabatin

Graduate student

rabatin@utexas.edu  |  HRH 4.158

Education   

Master of Arts, University of Pittsburgh

Interests

  20th century and Contemporary Italian literature, Literature of the Resistance, Literary theory, Sicilian literature, Italian cinema, Queer Theory

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Elisa Valentini

Graduate student

elisa.valentini@utexas.edu  |  475-6408  |  HRH 4.180

Education   

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

Interests

  Gender Studies, Photography, Theater, Visual and Cultural Anthropology, Dante Studies

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Patrick Vilim

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, Italian Cinema, and Italian Identity & Nationalism

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