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I have received my formal education on three continents: Africa, Europe and North America. I also owe my knowledge of the French-speaking world to two excellent Louisiana Universities, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Louisiana State University.
Yet, however grateful I must be towards my Louisiana alma maters, I must also acknowledge that my understanding of Francophonie is not only academic. It is also, and maybe above all, the product of my lifelong experience of living in its midst. Born in France and raised in Senegal, I have had the chance to study, live, and work in a wide variety of Francophone regions, from West Africa to Quebec and from Oceania to Louisiana. This has afforded me the opportunity of acquainting myself, in situ, with the various aspects of the Francophone cultures that I have recently revisited at ULL and LSU from a more literary and scholarly perspective.
My commitment to the scholarly study of the Francophone world is reflected in the choice of my research subjects at the graduate level. I wrote a Master’s Thesis at the University of Montreal on the political dimension of the cultural relations between France and Quebec. More specifically, I worked on TVFQ, the embryo of what would become TV5, the international Francophone TV channel now broadcast throughout the world. At the Ph.D. level, I have focused on a region of the Francophone world that deserves more attention: Oceania. That is why I have now become a specialist of the emerging literature of New Caledonia and French Polynesia.
- 2008 Ph.D. candidate, French Studies, Louisiana State University, USA
- Dissertation title : Métissage culturel et acceptation de l’autre à travers les littératures émergentes de la Polynésie française et de la Nouvelle-Calédonie
- Fall 2007, ABD in Francophone Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
- 2002 M.A., Social Science, University of Stockholm, Sweden
- 1985 M.A., Political Science, University of Montreal, Canada
- 1983 B.A., Political Science, University of Montreal
- 2010- Instructor of French at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
- 2009 (Fall) Visiting Assistant Professor of French at Western Washington University, WA
- 2009 (Spring) Visiting Assistant Professor of French. University of Hawaii at Mānoa
- 2008 (Fall) Teaching Assistant of French at LSU (Louisiana State University)
- 2006-Spring 2008 Teaching Assistant in Francophone Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette