About

Education

B.A., Columbia University, New York, United States May 2009, Cum laude

  • Major: French and Romance Philology, Study Abroad at l’Université de Paris VII-Denis Diderot, 2007-2008
  • Coursework included French language, literature and culture, European history, cultural relativism, linguistics, psychology, philosophy, creative writing, folklore, and storytelling
  • Thesis: That’s What Happens to Men who Don’t Listen to their Wives: A study of 5 Algerian fairy tale, Lydia Gaborit
  • Research project: English Translation of Contes à l’envers (Backwards Fairy Tales) by Philippe Dumas, François Thuillier

M.A., French, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, United States, August 2009

M.2., Arts, Aesthetics, and Comparative Literature, Université de Paris VII-Denis Diderot, Paris, France, 2010

  • Thesis: Initiation and emancipation of women in Algerian libertine folklore, Bernadette Bricout

M.2., Social Anthropology, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France, Ongoing

  • Thesis: Transmission of Oral Tradition in Algerian Immigrant Families, Claude Lefébure (Ongoing)
  • Fieldwork: Direct the collection, recording, transcription, and illustration of folktales students (ages 8-11) collected with their family members, edit and organize the stories into a book for publication (Ongoing)

 

Professional Experience

Creator, Writer and Web Designer, Paris Unraveled.com 2010-Present

Write, maintain, and update WordPress website with 70,000 word guidebook for students planning to study abroad in France, create guides to French universities and student activities, interview French student groups, write and edit weekly e-newsletter using Aweber, create and maintain social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

Associate Tax Preparer, Horton Tax Services, Paris, France 2010-2012

Design and maintain WordPress website to better provide newsletter, information, and updates to clients, prepare tax declarations for approximately 250 clients, and generate over €180.000 in billings during 2011.

Fieldwork, Djoua Festival, Wilayat de Kabylie and Tiaret, Algeria July 2010

Research assistant to Nora Aceval, anthropologist, author, and professional storyteller at the Djoua Festival, collected 20 libertine stories from Algerian women for future dissertation research and publication

English Specialist, Drancy, Académie de Seine-Saint-Denis, France 2009-2010

Designed elementary English curriculum using music and poetry to teach weekly language classes to 225 students, grades 2-5 at the Ecole Cristino Garcia and Ecole Romain Rolland, graded projects, poetry, and national evaluations.

Gifted and Talented Teacher’s Assistant, P.S. 9, New York City 2008-2009

Graded students’ homework, created customized lessons facilitated group work discussions

English Specialist, Paris, Académie de l’Île-de-France, France 2007-2008

Designed elementary curriculum for 250 students grades 2-5 at the Ecoles République and Servan, 11th arrondissement

Translation and Research Assistant, Columbia University NY 2006-2007

Researched and translated quotations, edited and formatted footnotes, finalized bibliography for the publication of Writing Bias: Writing Parvenus in Nineteenth Century Text by Sarah Juliette Sasson, French and Romance Philology

Teacher & Coordinator, America Reads, Columbia University, NY 2005-2007

Wrote themed literacy lesson plans for low-income students at P.S. 76, coordinated with team teachers to create classroom systems, rules, and rewards, organized weekly field trips and year-end celebration for students

 

Presentations

Contemporary Transmission of Maghribi Oral Tradition in Immigrant Families in Paris’s 18th Arrondissement. Transmission Mechanisms in the Contemporary Arab World. Graduate Student Conference of the Center for the Social History of Mediterranean Islam (CHSIM). École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. Paris: 18 May 2011. In French.

All men long for a virgin: subverting traditional attitudes towards virginity in Algerian folklore.  Mediterraneos: International Conference of Junior Researchers in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Madrid: 15 December 2010.

The Freedom Trail: The American Revolution Begins in Boston.Visiting special lecturer in English, Antonine University. Hadath-Baabda, Lebanon: 28 October 2009.