Research Interests: Literary cultural studies: Francophone Caribbean and Maghrebin literature and film, race, ethnicity and gender in literature, the history of Islam in Europe from the Middle Ages to the contemporary period, French medieval poetry, postcolonial and feminist theory.
Grants and Honors: French Government Scholarship; UC Berkeley and Columbia University grants for research in Paris, Rome and London; named a "Knight Fellows 2007 Favorite Professor" at Stanford University.
Current Research Project: The politics of translation and diasporic identities in the Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean.
- Transvestism, Transgression and Translation: Christine de Pizan and the Politics and Poetics of Gender in the French and Italian Middle Ages. Requested for publication in the Routledge Series in Medieval History and Culture.
- "Ezili the Subversive: The Erotics of Maryse Condé's Célanire, cou-coupé." Ma Comère Vol. 6 (2004): 70-78.
- "Marie Chauvet's Colère and Edwidge Danticat's Krik?Krik! and The Farming of Bones." Journal of Caribbean Literatures: Special Issue: “The Caribbean That Isn't?: Rifts and Disjunctions" Vol. 3, No.1 (Summer 2001): 156-170.
- "Tituba and Hester in the Intertextual Jail Cell: New World Feminisms in Maryse Condé's Moi, Tituba sorcière. ... Noire de Salem." Women in French Studies 4 (Fall 1996): 100-111.
"Berber Dreams, Colonialism, and Couscous: The Competing Autobiographical Narratives of Fadhma Amrouche's Histoire de ma vie." Pacific Coast Philology XXX.1 (1995): 68-81.
- PhD in Comparative Literature (French, English, Italian), University of California, Berkeley