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Assistant Professor of French
Dr. Jones holds a Ph.D. and a Master's in French Language & Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, and a B.A. in English and French Language and Literature from the Universität des Saarlandes. A francophoniste, her research focuses on postcolonial Francophone North African literatures, music, and cinema. She is the author of the monograph Cave Culture in Maghrebi Literature: Imagining Self and Nation (2012) Her articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as the French Review, Expressions Maghrebines, Nouvelles Etudes Francophones, Women's Studies Quarterly, Francofonia, Dalhousie French Studies, and Contemporary French and Francophone Studies. She has also co-edited a special issue on Women from the Maghreb for the Francophone journal Dalhousie French Studies. She is currently co-editing a book on fairy tales and working on a book-length monograph on North African cinema. From 2007-2008, she held a tenure-track position at the University of Nebraska at Kearney where she taught French and German. Dr. Jones has extensive work experience in the corporate world which she enjoys bringing to the classroom; she has worked as a financial news reporter for several newswire services, including Thomson-Reuters, AFP/AFX, and Market News in Geneva, Zurich and Frankfurt, providing real-time coverage of eurozone economics, European Central bank and Swiss National Bank monetary policies, as well as the Swiss stock market and SMI and SPI companies. She also worked as senior international content manager for jobpilot.de (now monster.de), and as a sports translations editor for Sportal.com in London, providing real-time coverage and match analyses for the official websites of football clubs Bayern München and Paris Saint-Germain.
B.A., English and French Language and Literature,
Universität des Saarlandes, 1994.
M.A., French Language and Literature,
Washington University in St. Louis, 1996.
Ph.D., French Language and Literature, Washington University in St. Louis, 2006.
Courses Regularly Taught
Advanced French Conversation
French Culture and Civilization
The Francophone Short Story
Il était une fois: French and Francophone
Current Research Interests
Contemporary Francophone North African writers, exile
literature, music as narrative, Francophone war narratives,
Maghrebi literature, music, and cinema; activism in literature
and music, postcolonial theory, the Arab Spring.
Culture in Maghrebi Literature: Imagining Self and Nation. Lanham:Lexington Books, 2012.
published in Francophone Literature Series:
Empire: The Francophone World and Postcolonial France.” Series editor: Dr.
Valérie K. Orlando, Professor of French & Francophone Literatures and Cultures, University
"Raï and Politics Do Not Mix: Musical Resistance during the Algerian Civil War,”
forthcoming in French Review 86.3
(February 2013). In press.
"Daring to love:Nadir Moknèche's Viva Ladjérie and Laïla Marrakchi's
Marock,” French Review 86.1 (October 2012). 80-92.
"La représentation du corps dans le hammam fictionnel maghrébin.” Penser le corps au Maghreb. Ed. Monia Lachheb. Paris: Karthala/Institut de Recherche sur le
Maghreb Contemporain, 2012. 123-36.
"Casanegra: Un film noir fracassant de Nour-Eddine Lakhmari,” forthcoming in Contemporary
French & Francophone Studies: Sites. 16.1 (2012): 69-77.
"La Caverne algérienne chez
Yamina Méchakra et Georges Buis: Lieu de résistance, de maternité out de combat,” Nouvelles Etudes Francophones 26.1 (Spring 2011): 135-149.
"The Satanic Saint in Maurice Pialat’s Sous le soleil de Satan.” Roman
Catholicism in Fantastic Film. Ed. Regina
Hansen. Jefferson: McFarland, 2011.
"On Performative Encounters: The Portrayal of Literary Souks
in North African Francophone Fiction.” Women's Studies Quarterly 38. 3-4 (Fall/ Winter
"Alger – Paris: L'écriture de la vie
face à la mort dans Le premier jour d'éternité et Paris plus loin que la France de Ghania Hammadou,”Francofonia 58 (spring 2010):
"Au nom de la dignité: Emancipation des femmes dans Miel et Cendres de Nadia Fares,” chapter
for edited collection to be published by the Association Francophone de
"Comedy and Religious Fundamentalism in Merzak
Allouache's Bab el-Oued and Bab el-Oued City," PAMLA conference, October 19-21, Seattle University,
France: From Classical Music to Chanson, Rap, and Rock.” Special Session Chair
at PAMLA conference, October 19-21, Seattle University, Washington.
"Women and War: Yamina Chouikh’s Rachida and Djamila Sahraoui’s Barakat!” Women in French conference
(WIF), February 24-25, Arizona State University.
"Raï and Politics don’t mix – Musical
Resistance during the Algerian Civil War,” Invited Talk at Kiger Hour,
Timepiece, January 19, 2012, Utah State University.
"Revisiting Mothering in Transnational
North African Film: Moufida Tlatli’s Les
Silences du palais, Yasmina Kassari’s L’enfant
endormi, and Mehdi Charef’s Daughter
of Keltoum,” RMMLA, Scottsdale,
October 6-8, 2011.
Overview of Professional Experience
Taught at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and
Washington University, and the Alliance Francaise in
Worked for companies in the UK, Germany and Switzerland,
including Thomson-Reuters, AFP, MNI, Monster and Sportal
Awards, Honors and Fellowships
· Center for Women and
Gender travel grant ($500), Fall 2013 USU
· Researcher of the,
2011, LPSC, Utah State University
· GEM grant recipient
($4986), 2009, Utah State University
· Advisor of the Year, 2010, LPSC, Utah State University
· GEM grant recipient ($4986), 2009, Utah State University
· Outstanding Professor 2008, University of Nebraska
· Dissertation Fellowship, Washington University
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