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Obed Acheampong

Graduate Student, Masters of Arts in French
Graduate Teaching Assistant, French
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Antoine Agostini

Exchange Student, Université de Pau
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Madison Beauchamp

Graduate Teaching Assistant, French
Graduate Student, Masters of Fine Arts in Literary Translation
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Coralie Buquet

Exchange Student, Université de Poitiers
 

Marcus Cardarelli

PhD Candidate, French
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Italian
Marie Culpepper

Marie Culpepper

PhD Candidate, French

Marie received her Bachelor of Arts in French and English from Fordham University in 2011. From 2011-2012, she worked as an English assistant for TAPIF at a primary school in Milhaud, France. She returned to her native Providence, Rhode Island to teach French and English at La Salle Academy. During the summers, she pursued a Masters in French at Middlebury College, which she completed in 2017. She arrived at the University of Iowa in 2018 to begin a PhD in French and Francophone World Studies. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, making music, and reading.

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Nkem Dike

Graduate Student, Masters of Arts in French
Graduate Teaching Assistant, French
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Koku Gamia

PhD Candidate, French
Graduate Teaching Assistant, French

Ph.D. Candidate, French & Francophone World Studies

Katharine Gilbert

Katharine Gilbert

PhD Candidate, French
Graduate Teaching Assistant, French

Katie is a Ph.D. student in French & Francophone World Studies. Her research interests focus on questions of community building and representation in the hierarchized language contexts of the Caribbean and Indian Ocean, as it is done through literature, film, and other cultural production. She holds an MFA in literary translation from the University of Iowa, and is passionate about promoting translation in the classroom, as well as teaching the French language and the different cultures and literatures of the francophone world.

Abigail Haber

Abigail Haber

Graduate Teaching Assistant, French
Graduate Student, Masters of Fine Arts in Literary Translation

Abby Haber graduated in 2020 from Brown University with honors, majoring in Comparative Literature with a focus on French-English translation. During the spring semester of her junior year, she studied abroad at Université Paris 8, completing at the same time a full translation of a collection of poetry entitled Les Ronces (The Brambles) by Cécile Coulon. For her senior thesis, she produced a critical translation of Chloé Delaume’s first novel Le Cri du Sablier (The Cry of the Hourglass), which she presented at Brown University’s inaugural Translation Across Disciplines Conference. She has also worked with various translation presses and literary nonprofits, including Open Letter Press, Trafika Europe, and, as of late, Stenen Press.

Anna Magavern

Anna Magavern

Graduate Teaching Assistant, French
Graduate Student, Masters of Fine Arts in Literary Translation

Anna Magavern graduated from Brown University with a BA with Honors in Comparative Literature, spending a semester studying literature at Université Paris 8. She translates poetry and prose from French. Currently, she is particularly interested in works associated with Surrealism.

 

Dominique Mbao

Graduate Student, Masters of Arts in French
Graduate Diversity Scholarship
 

Ashley McMahon

Graduate Student, Masters of Arts in French
 

Lilia Messaoudi

PhD Candidate, French
Graduate Teaching Assistant, French
Ike Okoro Ikechukwu

Ike Okoro Ikechukwu

PhD Candidate, French
Graduate Teaching Assistant, French
William Osei-Aborah

William Osei-Aborah

PhD Candidate, French
Graduate Teaching Assistant, French

A highly motivated, adaptable and responsible graduate in French and Francophone Literature and Culture, French-Sociology, French literature and French Studies as a Foreign Language. An articulate and qualified French Tutor with a successful academic and work track record. He is able to effectively communicate with students from diverse backgrounds or varying degrees of ability. A committed and dedicated professional with a proven ability to teach, motivate and direct students to maximum performance by encouraging a positive and energetic environment.

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Khaled Rajeh

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Arabic
Graduate Student, Masters of Fine Arts in Literary Translation
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Sokhna Thiaw

PhD Candidate, French
Graduate Teaching Assistant, French

Sokhna graduated from the University of Dakar, Cheikh Anta Diop, with a MA in American Literature. She taught French at Colorado College during the 2021-22 academic year and was in charge of the cultural activities at the college’s French house. She is a PhD candidate in French and Francophone Word Studies and her research interests focus on Senegalese telenovelas and their roles as instruments of social critique

 

Kodjo Tovor

PhD Candidate, French
Graduate Fellow, French
Suzan van den Broek

Suzan van den Broek

Graduate Student, Masters of Arts in French
On exchange in Poitiers

Suzan is from Oss, the Netherlands. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in French language and Culture at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. Her Bachelor's Thesis focused on the potential effect of subtitles in the language learning process. She is now a graduate student in the French and Francophone World program at the University of Iowa.

Daniel Weisbrod

Daniel Weisbrod

Graduate Student, Masters of Arts in French
Graduate Teaching Assistant, French

Daniel Weisbrod is a first-year master’s student in French and translation. His current research interest lies in Quebec literature of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Emily Wieder

Emily Wieder

PhD Candidate, French
On exchange in Pau

Emily Wieder came to the University of Iowa after earning her B.A. in French and history at Elizabethtown College (Pennsylvania). While working on her M.A. (2021) and her Ph.D. (projected completion 2026), Emily has enjoyed teaching in the French department, presenting at conferences, and exploring Iowa City. She looks forward to teaching English in Pau, France during the 2021-22 academic year.