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Faculty and Staff

Full-time Faculty

Royal Brown
Queens Hall 205K

David Andrew Jones
Associate Professor, Graduate Advisor, Department Chair
Queens Hall 200C

Régine Isabelle Joseph
Assistant Professor
Queens Hall 330E

Régine Isabelle Joseph specializes in francophone literature, postcolonial studies, feminism, and the political histories of the French Caribbean. She is presently finishing a book manuscript – Culture and Duvalierism – that focuses on the literary responses to the rising suppression of radical politics in mid-20th-century Haiti. 

Her recent archival work and forthcoming article on Marie Chauvet and Simone de Beauvoir (Yale French Studies, 2016) belong to her second book project – Haiti's Second Sex – which examines the politics of the literary market and the publication of French and Francophone women writers. 

Dr. Joseph holds an AB in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University, and a PhD in French Literature from New York University.

Karen Sullivan
Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Advisor
Queens Hall 205F1

Karen Sullivan (PhD, Columbia University; Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies, Maîtrise, Licence: Lettres modernes, Licence: Sciences du Langage, D.E.U.G, Université de Paris III, exchange fellowship Ecole Normale Supérieure) is a scholar of eighteenth and twentieth century French literature who has authored a book on Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Julie ou la Nouvelle Héloïse. A native-born New Yorker (from the Bronx), she has studied and worked in France and in Senegal, where she was the Press Attachée for the U.S. Embassy in Dakar.  A recipient of the QC President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, she is also proud to have taught the first course devoted to Haitian literature in French at Queens College/CUNY.  Since Fall 2000, she has participated actively in the revival of the Queens College French Program where she teaches a wide range of undergraduate and Masters-level courses in French literature (ranging from Renaissance literature to contemporary French and Francophone literature) as well as French language courses at all levels. Her research interests include seventeenth and eighteenth-century French literature, critical second language pedagogy, and feminist perspectives on literature and the arts in Ancien Régime France.

Her recent work includes articles on language pedagogy, French women writers and a second book-length project on Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

She is the Undergraduate Advisor for French and French Program Coordinator as well as the French and Francophone Club Faculty Advisor at Queens College/CUNY.

Joseph Sungolowsky
Professor Emeritus
Queens Hall 205J


Adjunct Faculty

Paul Fadoul Queens Hall 205

Paul Joseph Fadoul is a doctoral candidate in the French Program at the Graduate Center and a recipient of the Randolph L. Braham Dissertation Award for the 2014-15 Academic Year.

His dissertation thesis is titled How to be a French Jew: From Proust to Derrida. He published a translation piece in International Journal of Francophone Studies, 13 (3&4), February 2011 and the article on Haitian author Pierre-Richard Narcisse for the website île-en-île.

His varied areas of interest, which include the Caribbean, the Middle East and West Africa, reflect his life experiences. Until 2007, he worked in industry and commerce in Haiti, Nigeria, Lebanon, New York and Paris where he became familiar with the cultures and lifestyles of the French speaking world. He teaches French Literature, Civilization and Language classes at Queens College and St. John's University and has enjoyed teaching at Medgar Evers College and Brooklyn College.

Allison Faris

MA, European Society and Culture, New York University
BA, French and English, Portland State University

Queens Hall 205

Allison Faris is a second-year PhD student in French at the Graduate Center. She is interested in women writers and the marginal genres and non-canonical texts of the seventeenth-century, the "petits romantiques", gender theory and feminist scholarship. She is enrolled in the Women's Studies Certificate Program.

This year she is serving as the French Program Student Representative on the Doctoral Students' Council and as a student member of the French Department's Executive Committee. She teaches at Queens College and Baruch College.

Dorina Klimi
Queens Hall 205

Genevieve Waite

BA, Cum Laude, French, Bates College (2005)
MA, French Literature, NYU (2011)

Queens Hall 205

Areas of Specialization: 20th-21st century French literature, comparative studies, structuralism, linguistics

Genevieve received a Master's degree in French literature from New York University in 2011. She is now a fourth year doctoral student in French literature at CUNY, the Graduate Center. Her area of specialization is 20th and 21st century French literature, and she is particularly interested in the work of contemporary, polyglot writers such as Nancy Huston. She is the author of Pas à pas : méthode d'anglais and Ma Méthode d'anglais, both published by Les Éditions Hatier. As a Graduate Teaching Fellow, she is currently teaching elementary French II at Queens College in New York. Genevieve has presented papers at various conferences, including the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and CUNY, the Graduate Center.



 Office Information

Department Chair/
French Graduate Advisor:

David Andrew Jones
Queens Hall 200
718-997-5980 (phone)
718-997-5072 (fax)

French Undergraduate Coordinator:
Karen Sullivan
Queens Hall 205F1


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