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Full-time Faculty

Royal Brown
Queens Hall 205J

David Andrew JonesDavid Andrew Jones
Associate Professor, Graduate Advisor, Department Chair

Queens Hall 200C

Professor Jones holds the BA summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis, as well as the MA and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  He specializes in 20th century narrative, theater, and critical theory.  His book, Blurring Categories of Identity in Contemporary French Literature: Jean Genet’s Subversive Discourse explores the ways in which Genet’s fiction and theater deconstruct binary oppositions in their exploration of identity.  He is currently engaged in research on a second book, exploring the reception of queer French literature in the United States in the era prior to Stonewall.  He recently published an article related to this topic:  « Jean Genet et l’homosexualité dans la presse étatsunienne, 1959-1974 », in the journal Etudes Françaises.  Professor Jones has served as Department Chair since 2010, and teaches a variety of courses in language and literature at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Régine Isabelle JosephRégine 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

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 SungolowskyJoseph Sungolowsky
Professor Emeritus

Queens Hall 205M

Joseph Sungolowsky is a graduate of the Lycée Masséna (Nice, France). He holds a Baccalauréat-ès-Lettres, a BA (Yeshiva University), an MA (New York University) and a PhD (Yale University).  He is the author of Alfred de Vigny et le dix-huitième siècle (Paris, Nizet) and Beaumarchais (New York, Twayne) and of studies on Flaubert, Zola, Romain Gary, I.B. Singer, Chaim Grade and the French Jewish writer Edmond Fleg. He has contributed chapters to the following volumes:  "Holocaust and Autobiography, Wiesel, Friedlander, Pisar," in Literature of the Holocaust. Ed. Harold Bloom; "The Jewishness of Primo Levi," in The Legacy of Primo Levi. Ed. Stanislao Pugliesi ; and "André Neher et Eretz Israël, » in La Pensée Juive Contemporaine. Ed. Danielle Delmaire. He teaches courses on the sixteenth, seventeenth, and nineteenth century French Literature as well as courses on French Civilization and Advanced French Grammar and Translation.  He was named a Chevalier des Palmes Académiques (Knight in the Order of the Academic Palms) by the French government.


Adjunct Faculty

Paul Fadoul Queens Hall 205L

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 205L

Allison Faris is a third-year PhD student in French at the Graduate Center. Her research focuses on representations of masculinity and sexuality in early modern French literature, and how these intersect with orientalisms and the fear of the Other(which is only ever a fear of the self), particularly in relation to France's burgeoning colonial enterprises in the seventeenth-century. In addition, she is the research assistant to Dr. Domna Stanton and is currently engaged in a year-long research project for the French department.

This is Allison's fourth semester teaching French at Queens College. She has also taught at Baruch College, and currently teaches at St. John's University.

Lisa Karakaya

Lisa Karakaya

Queens Hall 205L

Lisa Karakaya is a PhD candidate (ABD, expected defense of dissertation fall 2017) at the French department of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She holds a Master's of Philosophy and a certificate in women's studies. Her dissertation, "Out of Home: Social Class in French and Francophone Women's Writing 1950-2014" presents social class as intersected with gender and race in the novels of selected women writers of the latter half of the 20th century. Some recent papers presented include "Where are the Women?  Seeking a Feminist Foucault: Power, Subjectivity and Resistance in Later Works of Michel Foucault" at the 2015 French department conference at the Graduate Center, "Cities in Conflict," on class relations in Québécois literature, at the 2014 MMLA conference, and "A Troubling Absence: Home, Exile, and the search for Female Identity in the works of Marie Cardinal and Marguerite Duras" at the 2014 SPFFA conference, published in the 2015 SPFFA journal. Professor Karakaya has been teaching French, French literature, and writing-intensive classes at Queens College since 2011; she has also taught French at Baruch College and the Fashion Institute of Technology, and was a Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow at Queens College, 2014-2015.

Nathalie Tur
Queens Hall 205L

Greet Van Belle
Queens Hall 205L

Genevieve Waite

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

Queens Hall 205L

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

Genevieve received a Master's degree in French literature from New York University in 2011. She is now a fifth 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, Samuel Beckett, and Julien Green. She is the author of Pas à pas : méthode d'anglais and Ma Méthode d'anglais, both published by Les Éditions Hatier. She is currently teaching Euro 120 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, Columbia, 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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