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Royal Brown

Queens Hall 205J

Paul FadoulPaul Fadoul

Queens Hall 205K

Paul Fadoul is a Lecturer at Queens College-CUNY. His dissertation, How to be a French Jew: Proust, Lazare, Glissant (August 2016), puts in relation Marcel Proust and Edouard Glissant and challenges the hierarchical division between an author from the French canon and one from the '​francophonie'. His research interests include French Literature, Jewish Studies, the French Caribbean, and francophone writers from Africa and the Levant.

David Andrew JonesDavid Andrew Jones
Associate Professor, Faculty and French Graduate Advisor

Queens Hall 330C1

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
Associate 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. 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.

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

Souad Bouhayat
Queens Hall 205L

Lisa Karakaya
Queens Hall 205L

Ann Marie Raymundo
Queens Hall 205L

Blanche Zahran
Queens Hall 205L

 Office Information


Due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus, there are currently no regular in-person office hours. For all matters, please send an email to the department chair or language advisor listed below. Faculty can be reached by email and are holding office hours by phone or videoconference. See faculty contact information.

Department Chair:
Gerasimus Katsan
Queens Hall 200
718-997-5980 (phone)
718-997-5072 (fax)

French Graduate Advisor:
David Andrew Jones
Queens Hall 330C1

French Undergraduate Advisor:
Karen Sullivan
Queens Hall 205F1


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