Graduate Students - French

MA Students

Ryan Augustyniak

BA in French Language and Literature, Southern Illinois University

Research Interests: 20th Century French literature and philosophy as well as French New Wave and contemporary film

Ryan is a second-year graduate student at Florida State University. A native Belgian-Walloon, he discovered his passion for French literature during his junior year abroad in Aix-en-Provence. He received a BA in French language and literature in 2014 from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, where he wrote his final research paper on the 13th century chantefable Aucassin et Nicolette . At FSU, Ryan plans to focus his research on film studies and 20th century literature, particularly the works of Albert Camus.




PhD Students


Peter Osne

BA in International Relations, Florida International University

MA in International Law, Université de Montréal

Research Interests: Caribbean francophone literature

Peter Osne is a current Ph.D. student at Florida State University (FSU). Before coming to FSU, he received his B.A. in International Relations (with a minor in French) in 2011 at Florida International University. In 2014, he completed an MA in International Law at Université de Montréal, where he independently studied the evolution of francophone literature in Europe, North America, Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Maghreb. As a doctoral student, he is interested in the manifestation of social convulsions (soubresauts) in the literary works of Caribbean francophone writers (especially Lyonel Trouillot).

Alexis Chauchois

Master in French Literature, Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris 3

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Université d’Artois

Research interests: 19th and 20th Century French Literature, Post-WWI Literature, Contemporary French Cultural Studies, Post-colonial Studies with an emphasis on Caribbean Literature, Philosophical and Historical Studies.

Alexis is currently a doctoral student in the French Literature Program at Florida State University. He received a Master’s in “Lettres Modernes” from the Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris 3, writing his thesis under the direction of Alain Schaffner. Currently, Alexis’s research focuses on the writing of French author Louis-Ferdinand Celine. He is also interested in the works of Émile Zola, Michel Houellebecq, and Makenzy Orcel.

Over his time at Florida State University, Alexis has presented at several international conferences on topics such as: “Ivre de vivre : le chemin de l’extase dans La nuit des terrasses de Makenzy Orcel”, “Le sang de la mort de Louis-Ferdinand Céline”, and “Première guerre mondiale: l’impact du sang dans Voyage au bout de la nuit de Louis-Ferdinand Céline”. In Spring 2018, Alexis will present his work about Michel Houellebecq at the Colloque International des Études Françaises et Francophones des 20ème et 21ème siècles, “sous les pavés” (Brown University).

Prior to coming to Florida State University, Alexis was an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the Artois University (France), where he published numerous articles in various journals ( In addition, Alexis serves as an Associate Editor for the Korean Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Civil Engineering and was a Visiting Professor of Civil Engineering for two years at Korea University in Seoul.

As a passion, Alexis became World Champion in Kemp Karate (KO Karate) in 2007 in London.

Josiane Banini

MA in Management and Accounting, Université de Yaoundé II

MA in Secondary Education (in French), West Virginia University

MA in French language & Literature, West Virginia University

My Research Interests: Migrant literature with a focus on Subsaharan African literature, Afropean identity, immigration, cultural hybridity, and gender; Postcolonial studies; Contemporary francophone literature and culture.

Josiane is currently a doctoral student in French literature program at Florida State University. She holds a Masters degree in French and Francophone literature and a Master degree in Secondary Education from West Virginia University. She also holds a Master degree in Accounting from the Université de Yaoundé II (Cameroon). With a focus on the works of Léonora Miano, gender, identity, cultural hybridity, and immigration, her research interests include cultural and transnational identities, post-colonial literature in Sub-Saharan Africa, and contemporary francophone literature. Josiane’s project is to investigate how the Afropeans (African Diaspora) negotiate their hybrid identity and cultural diversity abroad and in Subsaharan Africa in the works of Léonora Miano (and other afropean writers such as Alain Mabanckou and Koffi Kwahulé)

Before attending Florida State University, Josiane taught as Lecturer at West Virginia University and worked as certified teacher for Monongalia County Public Schools, WV.

Manfa Sanogo

License d’anglais, Université de Cocody-Abidjan

License d’anglais, Université de Strasbourg

MA in Language, Literature and Translation, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Research Interests: Post-colonial francophone film and literature with particular attention to the intersection of violence, immigration, international laws, borders, and children-soldiers

Research Interests:Malagasy literature, Hainteny, Romanticism, Baudelaire, Minor/major literature, Indocean identity, African religion, sports as religion, soccer.

Manfa joined the doctoral program in French at FSU in Fall 2015. He holds a Licence d’anglais from the Université de Cocody-Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) with a focus on American literature and civilization, aLicence d’anglaisfrom the Université de Strasbourg (France), with a focus on translation theory, and an MA in Language, Literature and Translation from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with a focus on French and Francophone Literature. In his current research, he looks into the cross-fertilization between Malagasy literature and post-Enlightenment French literature. His research interests include hainteny (a Malagasy poetic genre), the flow between minor and major literatures, the formation of transnational and regional identities in the Indian Ocean, and the emulation of canons, as well as censorship, in Malagasy literature. He also worked on post-colonial francophone film and literature with particular attention to the intersection of violence, immigration, religion and soccer.

Brigitte Tsobgny

PhD in physical sciences, Bordeaux I university.

Research Interests : 20th and 21th Century French and Francophone literature.

Brigitte joined the doctoral program in French at FSU in Fall 2017. After two years of postdoctoral studies in the physical sciences in Germany (Alexander von Humboldt scholarship), Brigitte worked in the research and development of new materials in the manufacturing industry. She then taught physics and chemistry at the Université Saint-Denis-de-la-Réunion. After three years in the Reunion Island, she returned to Europe where she taught mathematics and physics in professional and high schools.

Brigitte is also the author of several novels, some of which are science-related. Her experience in writing has fostered her interest in literary research.

Alexis Finet

Licence in Anglophone Studies (literature, civilization, linguistics - specialized in translation), Université d’Orléans-La Source

Maîtrise in French Linguistics, specialized in teaching French as a second language, Université d’Orléans- La Source

Master of Teaching English & French as a Second or Other Language, University of Southern Mississippi

Master of Flute Performance, University of Southern Mississippi

Research Interests:
Congolese literature, Congolese audiovisual and sound productions, diasporic writings of francophone Africa, Amazonian folktales and Amazonian thought, representations of reality.

Alexis is currently in his fifth year of doctoral studies. His dissertation reflects on the notions of sound and liquid as literary characters in the Congolese novel and artistic productions, looking at works from Tchicaya U Tam’si to Alain Mabanckou, Baloji and Youssoupha. Drawing from SLT’s Kongo and phratrie notions, he seeks to redefine and actualize Congolese cultures within a Third Space logic of hybridity.

Alexis has also attended a number of conferences internationally, such as the 2017’s Mansa Association Congress in Gran-Bassam, Côte D’Ivoire, where he presented Entité et identité(s) : le cas de la rumba congolaise, the 2018 Haitian Studies Association conference in Port-Au-Prince, where he presented Deux regards sur le mutisme et la figure de la prostituée – Les immortelles de M. Orcel et Memorias de mis putas tristes de G. García Marquez, or the 2019 African Literature Association, where he presented The Culture of Sound as a Participatory Character in the African Novel: The Case of Congolese Literature, amongst several other conferences. He is now co-organizing the Winthrop-King Fall 2020 event, Global Africa: Congolese Literature, Music, and Art in the 21st Century.

His research on the notion of water intersected with the works of Dr. Juan Carlos Galeano, leading him to collaborate with Chanelle Dupuis to translate Galeano’s compiled Amazonian folktales from Spanish to French. This research led Alexis to publish his 2020 article, El Agua Vive! Visions of the Real in the Peruvian Amazon as Seen Through J.C. Galeano’s Work.

Complementary to his academic and professional endeavors, he also has been performing regularly on the flute in different formations within the Tallahassee community, from Irish to Brazilian choro.

Katherine Moore
Katherine Moore

BA in Psychology and French, Oakland University

MA in French Literature, Florida State University

Research Interests: 19th century literature, the female body, female authors, romanticism, 1st person narrative accounts, women and gender studies

Katherine is a second-year doctoral student at FSU. She received a BA in psychology and French Literature from Oakland University and her MA from Florida State where she focused on comparative studies between medieval and 19th century French literature and their treatment of adulterous women. Her current research centers on women's studies and the female body as represented in 19th century literature.

In 2017, thanks to funding from the Winthrop-King Institue, Katherine was able to attend the semaines d’études médiévales in Poitiers, France where she nurtured her love of all things medieval.


Honorine Rouiller
Honorine Rouiller

BA in English Literature and Culture, Université du Maine, France.

MA in French Literature, University of Arizona.

Research Interests: immigration and integration, film studies, comic books, questions of identity.

Born and raised in France, on the Atlantic coast, Honorine Rouiller is currently a second-year PhD student at Florida State University, concentrating on Contemporary French and Francophone Studies. She completed her Bachelor of Arts with honors in English Language, Literature and Civilization at the Université du Maine, France. During that time, she spent a year abroad, through the ISEP program, at Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, Georgia. In May 2018, she graduated from the University of Arizona with a Master in French Literature. For her PhD, she is interested in looking at the meaning of being a French black woman in today’s society, based on lived experiences.



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