Mrin Bhattacharya

Dr. Mrinmoyee (Mrin) Bhattacharya

Contact Information

Postdoctoral Scholar
Office Location
Diffenbaugh 369
Office Hours

T&R 10:00-11:00

Mrinmoyee Bhattacharya, (PhD, UCD) is Dean's Postdoctoral Scholar in French. Her work centers on the crossroads of literature, philosophy, and political theory, with a particular focus on French Republicanism. Her teaching and research interests include Enlightenment and its afterlife, Diderot and the Encyclopedia, contemporary French and Francophone Literature, Material Culture, Transnational France and Migration, Critical Theory, and Translation. Her forthcoming publications will appear in Research in African Literatures, Eighteenth Century Theory and Interpretation and The French Review. Her current book project, "Legitimation Crises of the Republic," demonstrates the central role of minorities in the emergence of French political culture.

Research Interests

French Republicanism

Eighteenth-century France

Contemporary French and Francophone Literature

History of Natural and Human Rights

Migration and Memory Studies

Political Theory, History of Ideas

Courses Taught

Intensive French 1 (J-term)

French Language Sequence
(French 1, 2, 3, 21, 23)

The Body and the Body Politic in the French Enlightenment

Introduction to Francophone Literature

The Making of Modern France
(Upper Division Culture Course)

French Conversation through Cinema

Contemporary France



Selected Publications

  • Bhattacharya Mrinmoyee, Banks Clare, Gaudette Helen, Regulska Joanna: “Today’s Women Leaders in International Education” (; March 2018)
  • “Sovereignty, Performance, and Trauma in the works of Scholastique Mukasonga” Research      in African Literatures special issue on Performances of Sovereignty and the African Novel, Ed. Charlotte Baker. (Research in African Literatures, Vol 49.3)
  • “Finding Paris through the lens of memory in Faiza Guène” (French Review, Vol. 92.3)
  • “Culture, Displacement, and Self: The Case of Zilia in Lettres d’une Péruvienne”       (Forthcoming, Eighteenth Century Theory and Interpretation vol. 61.1).