Indiana University Bloomington
Department of French and Italian

Meet Our Graduate Students

Alan Ames
MA Student

Kate Bastin
PhD Candidate

The intersection of French art and literature in seventeenth- to nineteenth-century French studies
BA, History of Art and French, Indiana University, 2007
MA, History of Art and French, Indiana University, 2011

Adeline Bordenave
Exchange Student

Anemarie Calin
PhD Student

Film adaptations and literature, 19th- and 20th-century French literature
BA, English and Norwegian, Universitatea Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2001
BA, French, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, 2005
MA, French Literature, Georgia State University, Atlanta, 2010

Tamara Carrell
PhD Student

Renaissance and Medieval French Literature; Roman de la Rose; Montaigne studies
BA, German, Central College, 1995
MA, French, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2005

Flavien Falantin
PhD Student

20th-century French literature, the incidence of the reading in literature, Bovarysm and Françoise Sagan
MA French Literature, University of Wyoming, USA, 2012

Cynthia Kanko

PhD Student

Francophone African and Caribbean Literature
BA with Honors, English and French, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Kumasi – Ghana (West Africa), 1998
MA, French and Francophone World Studies, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, 2011

Georgy Khabarovskiy
PhD Student

20th-century French literature; Literatures of the Francophone worlds
BA, French and English Education, Kaluga State University, Russia, 2008

Jacob Ladyga
Renaissance Fellow
MA Student

Women writers in 16th Century France
BA, French and Religious Studies, Indiana University Bloomington, 2013

Loïc Lerme
PhD Student

19th-century French literature, the Body in literature, Gender studies, Monsters in literature
Maîtrise of anglophone literature, Université Charles de Gaulle, Lille 3, France, 2009

Noelle Lindstrom
PhD Student

19th century French Literature; the evolution or non-evolution of women's thoughts
Bachelor of Arts, French and Computer Science, Principia College, 2011

Erin A. Myers
18th Century Studies Fellow
PhD Candidate

Revolutionary period life sciences, especially Lamarck
BA, Biology, Franklin & Marshall College
MA, French Literature, Indiana University, 2009

Diana Nichols
PhD Candidate

BA, French, Southern Illinois University, 2003
MA, French, Florida State University, 2005
MA, French Literature, Indiana University, 2008

Benjamin Niehaus
PhD Candidate

Literature of the late 19th and 20th centuries, focusing primarily on the intersections of art and literature
The development of digital-based literature in the 21st century
MA, French Literature, Indiana University, 2011

Jill Owen
PhD Student

M.A. French & Francophone Studies, University of Kentucky, 2013
B.A. English Literature & French, Western Kentucky University, 2011
Evolution of the "tableau de Paris" in the 19th century

D. W. Rinker
College Fellow, MA Student

The works of Julien Green and Life Writing
BA, French, Drury University, 2014

Anna Shailer
PhD Candidate

20th Century Literature; Film Studies
BA, French & Western European Politics, Wittenberg University, 2006
MA, French Literature, Indiana University, 2009

Jessica Tindira
MA Student

late 19th and early 20th century poetry; post-colonialism
BA in French Literature and English, Kenyon College, 2007
Master of Arts in Teaching, Earlham College, 2009

Amanda Vredenburg
MA Student

19th- and 20th-century French literature, Fantastic Literature
MA, French Literature, New York University, 2014
BA, French, Davidson College, 2012

David Wagner
PhD Student

Seventeenth & eighteenth century French literature; literature and music
BS, Mathematics & French, Hillsdale College, 2009

Carly Bahler
PhD Student

Phonology and semantics of French dialects outside of France, especially those of North America; historical linguistics
BA, French Studies, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, 2011

Jennifer Betters
PhD Candidate

Sociolinguistics, phonology and language pedagogy in North American varieties of French
BA, Political Science, Azusa Pacific University, 1999
Certificat de Langue Française - Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne, 2000
MA, Linguistics and French Linguistics, Indiana University, 2010

Eric Beuerlein
PhD Student

Historical French Linguistics; Translation; Lexicology; Lexicography; Morphology
BA, French Honors, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 2009

Mark Black
PhD Student

Second Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics; Phonology
BA, French, University of Wyoming, May 2003
MA, French, University of Wyoming, May 2006
Licence, Sciences du langage, Université de Rouen, June 2010

C. Scott Cawthon
PhD Student

Sociolinguistics; Regional variants of French particularly in Belgium and North America; Gallo-Roman Dialectology; Language Contact
BA, Linguistics and French (German Minor), Western Washington University 2012

Laura Demsey
MA Student

Sociolinguistics; Dialectology; Linguistic Anthropology
BA, French and Linguistics, Binghamton University, 2010

Kelly Farmer
PhD Candidate

Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics, Second language acquisition, Media-based language studies, syntax
BA, French & Political Science, University of South Carolina, May 2000
MA, French, University of Louisville, May 2006
MA, French Linguistics, Indiana University, May 2010

Rodica Frimu
PhD Student

Second language acquisition, History of French
Licence LEA (Foreign applied languages, English- Portuguese), Aix-en-Provence, France, 2009
Master 1, LEA (Foreign Applied languages, English - Portuguese), AIx-en-Provence, France, 2010

Charlene Gilbert
Gerrard/Weathers Fellow, PhD Student

Syntax, Semantics, Second Language Acquisition
M.A. French Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson, 2014
M.A. English Linguistics, Université Paris 7, Paris, France, 2012
B.A. English Studies, Université Montpellier 3, Montpellier, France, 2010

Ryan Hendrickson
PhD Candidate

Phonology; Sociolinguistics/Dialectology; Second Language Acquisition
BA, French, University of Kentucky, 2008
MA, French Linguistics, Indiana University, 2010

Sarah Kay Hurst
PhD Student

Phonology; historical linguistics; lexicology/lexicography
BA, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures (French and Spanish concentrations), Colorado State University 2012
BA, International Studies (European Studies concentration), Colorado State University, 2012

Kelly Kasper-Cushman
PhD Student

Sociolinguistics, language variation, language contact
BA, Anthropology, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2004
MA, Romance Languages, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2012

Sara Leslie
MA Student

Sociolinguistics; North American varieties of French; Language contact; Language Pedagogy; Language in Music
BA, French/Linguistics, University of Florida, 2012

Margarita Madanova
MA Student

French language in Francophone and non-Francophone countries. Language contacts and interactions. Bilingualism, multilingualism. Inter-languages lexical similarities (cognates, borrowings, homonyms etc.)
Candidate of Philological Sciences, Institute of Literature and Art, Almaty, 1990
Doctor of Philological Sciences, Kazakh State University, Almaty, 2000
Diplome d'Université Supérieur pour l'Enseignement du Français à l'Etranger, Univesrité Toulouse2, Toulouse, 2011

Martin Maillot
MA Student

Miguel Márquez Martinez
PhD Candidate

The acquisition and perception of French nasal vowels
BA, Translation and Interpreting, Granada University (Spain), 2003
MA, French Linguistics, Indiana University, 2008

Francisco (Paco) Montaño
PhD Candidate

Romance linguistics; Phonology; Historical linguistics; Prosody; Language contact
BA, French, Princeton University, 2003
MA, French Linguistics, Indiana University, 2006

Elizabeth Myers
College Fellow

Amber Panwitz
PhD Student

Historical change and regional variation
BA, French, University of Wyoming, 2008
Licence, Sciences du langage, Specialty: FLE, Université de Rouen, 2010

Rebecca Anne Petrush
PhD Candidate

Second Language Acquisition; Phonology; Morphology
BA, Languages and International Trade, Clemson University, 2003
MA, French Linguistics, Indiana University, 2006

Alisha Reaves
PhD Student

Second Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics
BS, French and Linguistics, Tulane University - Newcomb College, 2006
MA, International Affairs, The George Washington University - Elliott School of International Affairs, 2009
MA, French Linguistics, Indiana University, 2014
MA, Second Language Studies, Indiana University, 2014

Jamie Root
PhD Student

Language contact (Louisiana French, Alsatian French); Historical linguistics (French, German); Sociolinguistics
BA, French/Linguistics, University at Buffalo, 2011
MA, French linguistics, Indiana University, 2013

Olga Scrivner
PhD Student

French linguistics; Linguistics; Diachronic Syntax of Old French and Corpus Linguistics
MA, French Language and Literature, Saint-Petersburg University, Russia, 1998
MA, French Linguistics, Indiana University, 2009

Christina Steinman
MA Student

Renata Uzzell
PhD Student

Language contact, variation, sociolinguistics
BA French Wellesley College, 2002
MA French Language Literature & Civilisation Middlebury College, 2005

Cyntia Vernhet
Moody Fellow

Austin Alexander
PhD Student

Renaissance, Italian Cinema
M.A. History Syracuse University, 2007
M.A. Middlebury College (Expected, 2013)

Giulia Benghi
PhD Student

Manuscript Tradition and Literature in 13th- and 14th- Century Italy
Laurea Triennale in Letteratura e Arti all'Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano, 2005
Laurea Specialistica in Filologia Moderna all'Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano, 2009
MA, Italian, Indiana University, 2011

Roberto Borfeccia
PhD Student

Teaching Italian as Second Language; immigration studies; modern and contemporary italian literature
Laurea in Lettere Moderne, Università “Carlo Bo” di Urbino, 1995
Diploma biennale in Bibliotecario, Università “La Sapienza” di Roma, 2001
Abilitazione all’Insegnamento Scuola Secondaria (biennale), Università Statale di Milano, 2008
MA in Italian Studies, Ohio State University, 2014

Edward Bowen
PhD Student

Italian Cinema; Renaissance Literature
BA, History, James Madison University, 1998
MA, History, Wake Forest University, 2000
MA, Italian, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007

Stefano D'Alessandro
PhD Student

Sara Dallavalle
MA Student

Laurea triennale (BA), Foreign languages and literature, Università di Pavia, 2011; Laurea Magistrale (MA) in Specialized Translation English and Spanish, IULM Milano, 2013; modern and contemporary fiction (especially detective or noir genre) and cinema

Lisa Dolasinski
PhD Student

Italian Cinema; Gender Studies; Second Language Acquisition
BA, Italian and Sociology The Ohio State University (2010)
MA, The University of Pittsburgh (2012)
BS, Education, Youngstown State University (2013)

Aysehan Julide Etem
PhD Student

Italian cinema and film adaptation
BA, Italian Studies, University of Virginia
BA, Studio Arts (Film, Installation and Performance Arts) University of Virginia, 2010
MA, Italian Studies, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 2012

Luisa Garrido-Baez
PhD Student

Teaching Italian as a second language; prostitution and witchcraft in Italian Renaissance literature
BA, Filologia Francese, Universidad de Granada, 2007
BA, Filologia Italiana, Universidad de Granada, 2007
MA, Italian Literature, Indiana University, 2010

Lucia Gemmani
PhD Student

Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Italian literature, 19th century war novels and poems. Correlation between music and literature. Linguistic, especially correlation among romance languages. Italian Neorealism in film, particularly Roberto Rossellini.
Laurea in Italian Language and Literature, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, 2008
Laurea Specialistica in Modern Philology, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, 2010

Christopher Lacey
PhD Student

Modern Italian Literature
MA, Italian Studies, Florida State University (2014)
BA, Italian and International Affairs, Florida State University (2012)

Binyan Li
College Fellow
MA Student

Contemporary Italian Literature
BA, History and Italian, UCLA, 2014

Anna Love
PhD Student

Renaissance Literature; Women's Studies; Women and Mafia
BA, Wake Forest University, 2007
MA, Italian, Middlebury College, 2009

Isabella Magni
PhD Student

Modern and contemporary Italian literature
Laurea triennale (BA), Foreign languages and literature, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Milano, 2007
Laurea specialistica (MA), Foreign languages and literature, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Milano, 2009

Lino Mioni
PhD Student

Italian literature and Italian food culture; Teaching Italian as second language

BA in English and German Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal, 1997
BA in Italian and Portuguese Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal, 2000
MA in Language and Cognition Studies, New University of Lisbon, Portugal, 2003
MA in French and Italian, The Ohio State University, 2005
Post Graduate Diploma, Information and Library Management, Northumbria University, UK, 2012

Letizia Montroni
PhD Student

Italian Storytelling and Theater; Teaching Italian as a Second Language
Undergraduate Degree, University of Bologna, Advanced School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators SSLMIT, Forlì, Italy, 2007
Postgraduate Degree, Specialist Translation, University of Bologna, Advanced School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators-SSLMIT, Forlì, Italy, 2011

Iuri Moscardi
PhD Student

Italian contemporary literature; media studies
Laurea Triennale in Lettere Moderne, Università degli Studi di Milano, 2009
Laurea Magistrale in Lettere Moderne, Università degli Studi di Milano, 2012

Marianna Orsi
PhD Candidate

Italian Renaissance Literature; Italian Modern Literature; Gender Studies
Laurea triennale (BA) in Literature, Università di Pisa, 2003
Laurea Specialistica (MA) in Italian Language and Literature, Università di Pisa, 2006
Master in Psicopedagogia, Università di Pisa, 2007
Master in Italian, Indiana University, 2012

Carlotta Paltrinieri
PhD Student

Renaissance Literature
Laurea Triennale in Foreign Languages and Literature (Major in Spanish and Portuguese, minor in Anglo-American Literature), University of Bologna, March 2012

Andrea Polegato
PhD Candidate

Machiavelli; Comparative Studies (cultural relations between Italy and China)
Laurea in Philosophy, summa cum laude, Università degli Studi di Padova, Padua, Italy, 2004
MA, Italian, Indiana University, 2007

Laura Ponziani
PhD Student

Interdisciplinary studies between Italian literature and the arts; Italian cinema and theater; Second Language Acquisition
BA, English & Spanish, Università G. d'Annunzio, Chieti-Pescara, Italy, 2004
MA, English & Spanish, Università G. d'Annunzio, Chieti-Pescara, Italy, 2007
Doctor of Modern Languages, Italian & Spanish, Middlebury College, expected 2013

Sandro Puiatti
PhD Student

Renaissance Italian literature; Burlesque and satirical literature
Laurea in Lettere, Università Ca' Foscari, 2007
MA, Italian Studies, Florida State University, 2009

Adriana Varela
PhD Student

20th century, Fascism, Visual Culture
BA, Italian and British Literature, University of Southern California, 2004
MA, Italian Studies, Middlebury College, 2009

David Winkler
PhD Student

Contemporary Italian Literature; Primo Levi and the social psychology of fascism and Nazism
BS, Ithaca College, 2006
MA, Middlebury College, 2010

Megan Burger
MAFI Student

BA French, Indiana University, 2013 (with a minor in Geography)