Academic, Teaching, and Personal Interests: My research interests include Francophone African literature, cultural theory, postcolonial literature and migrant identities in a globalized world. My Ph.D. in comparative literature focused on the emerging trends in postcolonial Sub-Saharan African literature in French from 1990 to 2000. I have taught a wide range of material including French language and literature, cinema, essay writing (at Wagner College, NYC), and cultural studies (at New York University). In 2008, I co-translated Ama Ata Aidoo’s novel Changes to French. Some of my other publications include a collection of interviews with contemporary African novelists and a book analyzing Congolese writer Emmanuel Dongola’s Johnny Mad Dog that explores the figure of the child soldier in postcolonial Africa. In my spare time, I’m an avid photographer who reads more detective novels than I should and enjoys watching all sorts of movies.
Selected Presentations and Publications
Co-Edited with Erica Johnson. Memory as Colonial Capital: Cross-Cultural Encounter in French and in English. Palgrave, 2017.
Johnny chien méchant d'Emmanuel Dongala, Bienne-Gollion/Paris, ACEL-Infolio éditions, collection Le cippe, 2012.
Afrique. Parole d’écrivains. Montréal: Mémoire d’encrier, 2010.
Ata Aido, Ama. Désordre amoureux. Trans. Eloise Brezault and Catherine Tymen. Genève: Editions Zoe, 2008.
Awards, Honors, and Service
Northeast Modern Languages Association Fellowship, 2011
State scholarship recipient, Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle), 2000-2003
Assistant editor for the academic review Nouvelle Études Francophones (NEF), 2011 – present.