Gina Marie Breen holds a PhD in French Literature with minors in Comparative Literature and Political Science from Louisiana State University (2016). Breen has taught a variety of language and literature courses at Southern Illinois University, The University of Arkansas, and Louisiana State University. She has also taught English at L'Université de Basse Normandie in Caen, France. At SLU Breen teaches beginning and intermediate French language, Advanced Conversation, French and Francophone Contemporary Culture, and North African film and literature. Her research interests include Francophone film and literature, Language Pedagogy, Mediterranean Studies, and Postcolonial Studies. Breen has added two travel components to her courses, and traveled with students on immersion programs to Francophone Louisiana and Quebec City. Breen is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Grants on North Africa, and has participated in the CIIS Fellows Program at St. Lawrence University.
“When Students Feel Empowered” Teaching Off the Beaten Path: Reflections on Teaching by University of Arkansas Teaching Faculty. Ed. Rebecca Miles. (2016).
“Resurrecting Mythopoetic Representations of French Algeria” Dalhousie French Studies 112 (Summer 2018): 113-119.
“Autobiographic Algerian Travels” Paroles Gelées (Fall 2018)
“ Neither Algerian, Nor French: Albert Camus’s Pied-Noir Identity” with Journal of Mediterranean Studies 27: 2 (Fall 2019): 210-233.
SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
- National Women’s Studies Association Conference, San Francisco, 2019 “Algerian Women Fighting for Peace and Independence”
- UK-USA Albert Camus Society, Dublin 2019 “Camus, Cormery, and the Pied-Noir Community”
- MLA Chicago, January 2019 "Global Transactional Cultures and Identities in and of the Mediterranean” & Participant in Round Table “Supporting the Vulnerable: Responsibility and Academic Freedom"
- American Council for Quebec Studies, New Orleans, 2018 "Ici on parle français: Louisiana’s francophone community in the college classroom”
- Mediterranean Studies Association, Sorrento, Italy, 2018 “Neither Algerian nor French: Albert Camus’s Pied-Noir Identity”
- Rocky Mountain MLA, Women in French Panel, 2017 “Writing Conflict Through Conflicting Voices in Assia Djebar’s Le Blanc de l’Algérie and Ces Voix qui m’assiègent”
- Kentucky Foreign Language Conference: Languages, Literatures and Cultures, 2017 “Making Peace with Violence”
- 20thAnnual French and Francophone Studies Graduate Conference, UCLA, 2015 “Autobiographic Algerian Travels”
- International Colloquium in 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies, 2015, Baton Rouge, LA “Resurrecting French-Algerian Representations”
- The Foreign Language Film Conference V, University of Alabama, Birmingham, 2012 “Truth and Terrorism in The Battle of Algiers”
PhD in French Literature
- MA in French & TESOL
- BA in French & Spanish