Indiana University Bloomington
Department of French and Italian

Meet Our Graduate Students

Alan Ames

adames@indiana.edu
MA Student

Kate Bastin

kabastin@indiana.edu
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

adeborde@indiana.edu
Exchange Student

Anemarie Calin

anecalin@indiana.edu
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

tcarrell@indiana.edu
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

ffalanti@indiana.edu
MA Student

Cynthia Kanko

ckanko@indiana.edu

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

gekhabar@indiana.edu
PhD Student

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

Jacob Ladyga

jladyga@indiana.edu
Renaissance Fellow

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

Loïc Lerme

llerme@indiana.edu
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

brownno@indiana.edu
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

easipe@indiana.edu
PhD Candidate

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

Diana Nichols

dcervone@indiana.edu
PhD Candidate

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

Benjamin Niehaus

beniehaus@indiana.edu
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

jilowen@indiana.edu
MA 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

Dylan W. Rinker

dwrinker@indiana.edu
College Fellow, MA Student

Québécois Roman du Terroir and literature and ethics
BA in French, Drury University, 2014

Anna Shailer

ashailer@indiana.edu
PhD Candidate

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

Jessica Tindira

jtindira@indiana.edu
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

amvreden@iu.edu
MA Student

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

David Wagner

dkwagner@indiana.edu
PhD Student

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

Carly Bahler

clbahler@indiana.edu
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

jesonge@indiana.edu
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

ebeuerle@indiana.edu
PhD Student

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

Mark Black

blackma@indiana.edu
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

cscawtho@indiana.edu
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

ldemsey@indiana.edu
MA Student

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

Kelly Farmer

farmerk@indiana.edu
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

rofrimu@indiana.edu
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

cg25@indiana.edu
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

ryadhend@indiana.edu
PhD Candidate

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

Sarah Kay Hurst

sshurst@indiana.edu
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

kmkasper@indiana.edu
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

saleslie@indiana.edu
MA Student

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

Margarita Madanova

mmadanov@indiana.edu
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

mmaillot@indiana.edu
MA Student

Miguel Márquez Martinez

mamarque@indiana.edu
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

fmontano@indiana.edu
PhD Candidate

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

Elizabeth Myers

egmyers@indiana.edu
College Fellow

Amber Panwitz

apanwitz@indiana.edu
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

rpetrush@indiana.edu
PhD Candidate

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

Alisha Reaves

areaves@indiana.edu
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

rootjm@indiana.edu
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

obscrivn@indiana.edu
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

cbsteinm@indiana.edu
MA Student

Renata Uzzell

rcuzzell@indiana.edu
PhD Student

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

Cyntia Vernhet

cvernhet@indiana.edu
Moody Fellow

Austin Alexander

ausaalex@indiana.edu
PhD Student

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

Giulia Benghi

gbenghi@indiana.edu
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

robeborf@indiana.edu
PhD Student

Edward Bowen

embowen@indiana.edu
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

sdalessa@indiana.edu
PhD Student

Sara Dallavalle

saradall@indiana.edu
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

ldolasin@indiana.edu
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

aysetem@indiana.edu
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

lgarrido@indiana.edu
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

lgemmani@indiana.edu
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

laceyc@indiana.edu
MA Student

Binyan Li

binyli@indiana.edu
College Fellow
MA Student

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

Anna Love

annlove@indiana.edu
PhD Student

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

Isabella Magni

isamagni@indiana.edu
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

lmioni@indiana.edu
PhD Student

Letizia Montroni

lmontron@indiana.edu
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

imoscard@indiana.edu
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

morsi@indiana.edu
PhD Student

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

Carlotta Paltrinieri

carlpalt@indiana.edu
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

apolegat@indiana.edu
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

laponzia@indiana.edu
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

spuiatti@indiana.edu
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

avarela@indiana.edu
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

dnwinkle@indiana.edu
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

megkburg@indiana.edu
MAFI Student

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