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1999, Ph.D. in French and Francophone Literature, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
1994, M.A. in French and Francophone Literature, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
1993, J.D., in Law, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
1992 (Jan - Jul) Université Libre de Bruxelles, in Law, Institut des Etudes Européennes.
1990, B.S., magna cum laude, in Biology University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
My professional orientation is in Francophone literature and legal discourse, exemplified in my book, Literature and Legal Storytelling: The Irony of Legal Opposition in Cameroon (Lexington Books, 2007), which examines ways in which people contest the dominant legal and social order in Cameroon through reading and writing legal stories that ironically portray the inadequacies of current government policies. Aside from a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in French, Comparative Literature, Africana Studies, and European Studies, I teach a Summer study abroad course, taking groups of students to Paris and south France, including the Cannes Film Festival.
My teaching interest often rise out of my research interests. I have taught courses focusing on African, Quebecois, and immigrant literature and on law and legal discourse. I integrate colonialism, legal discourse, and social identity into survey courses like "(R)evolutions de la justice" and "La Criminelle en France". I have also regularly taught advanced French grammar and composition centered on African literature and culture and Francophone cinema. I have taught a Summer study abroad course for seven of the past nine years, taking groups of students to Paris and south France, including the Cannes Film Festival. I have incorporated my interests in a number of Comparative Literature courses, as well as courses for Africana Studies, Freshman Learning Community courses, and European Studies seminars. Along with being Undergraduate Director this year I am undergrad French and Languages advisor and Director of European Studies.