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French Faculty


Alisa Belanger
M.A., McGill University; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Jean-Louis Hippolyte
Maîtrise de Lettres et Civilisation Anglo-Saxonnes, Université Michel de Montaigne, France. M.A. in French Literature. University of Colorado at Boulder, Ph.D. in French Literature, University of Colorado at Boulder. 

Dr. Hippolyte and Dr. Belanger are also affiliated with the Graduate French Program in New Brunswick.


Norman Ellman
A.B., Dartmouth; M.A., Pennsylvania

Gregoire Rosia
A.B., M.A., Temple University

Faculty profiles

Alisa Belanger holds a Ph.D. in French and Francophone Studies from UCLA. She earned an M.A. in Langue et littérature françaises from McGill University in Montreal. Her areas of specialization are Quebec Studies, Maghrebi Studies, postcolonial aesthetics, and francophone book art, including artists’ books, book-objects, artist pamphlets, and bibliophilic works. She has traveled to North and West Africa for her research on the intersections between contemporary art, writing, and material culture.

Her published articles include “A Quiet Evolution: Artists’ Books in Quebec and France (Beausoleil, Dorion, Desautels)” in Transatlantic Passages: Literary and Cultural Relations between Quebec and Francophone Europe, edited by Miléna Santoro and Paula Ruth Gilbert, as well as “Les nouvelles voix de la poésie québécoise,” co-authored with Vincent Desroches in Sites. Her full-length translation of Tombeau de Lou by Denise Desautels was recently published by Éditions Guernica under the title Things that Fall (2013).

Jean-Louis Hippolyte holds a M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. His area of specialization is is Twentieth-Century French Literature. In addition to this, he has worked extensively on French literature in all centuries since the Middle Ages. His teaching interests include French language and culture, contemporary literature and criticism; French cinema; the intersection of discourses in the humanities and the sciences, notably chaos theory and fuzzy logic; the fantastic and magical realism; popular culture and literature; the writing of otherness as well as the emergence of minor literatures in France and in the Francophone world, and their relation to the canon.

His book on contemporary French literature entitled Fuzzy Fiction (University of Nebraska Press) was published in December 2006 and Septième Art (a textbook on French cinema co-authored by David Aldstadt) was published in January 2007 by Heinle. Fuzzy Fiction has been nominated for the Laurence Wylie Prize in French Cultural Studies sponsored by the Association for French Cultural Studies (AFCS) and for the Aldo & Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Literary Studies sponsored by the Modern Language Association (MLA). Fuzzy Fiction has also been published on paperback and is available in electronic format (ebook) on the Barnes&Noble website.

He is the organizer of Philadelphia’s largest French culture and conversation group (French Café).

Norman Ellman holds an A.B. from Dartmouth, and an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he has also pursued further graduate study in French. He has taught on a part-time basis at Rutgers, Camden, almost every semester since 1981 and in summer school. He has also taught regularly at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and at the University of Pennsylvania and has served on the faculty of a study abroad program in Strasbourg. He usually offers courses in the first two years of language study, but he has also given advanced language courses and a course on the French short story in English translation.

Grégoire Rosia holds an A.B. and a M.A. from Temple University. He has taught on a part-time basis at Rutgers since 2000, and has also taught on a part-time basis at Temple University almost every semester since 1993.