James Boucher

Curriculum Vitae

Professor James Boucher completed his doctoral work at the University of Iowa. His research focuses on the representation of Indigenous peoples of the Americas in French and Quebecois cultures. His forthcoming monograph The Mythic Indian: The Native in French and Quebecois Cultural Imaginaries explores the myriad mythic lenses through which the French and French-Canadians conceptualize the Amerindian in discursive regimes that vary from the philosophical, religious, and cultural, to the scientific. In addition to Indigenous Studies, Professor Boucher’s research equally centers on the intersection between literature/popular culture and the environment. This work on ecocritical analyses dovetails with his primary research topic of Indigeneity. Professor Boucher’s teaching concentrates on the French language in all its manifestations in the former French Empire. Teaching courses on environmentalism, globalization, Francophone cinema, and Quebec, Professor Boucher’s classes emphasize connection and relationality transhistorically and transcontinentally. His publications include articles examining identity and biopolitics in the work of modern Indigenous writers, animism and the native in Caribbean literature, and the environment in the œuvre of Nobel Laureate J.M.G. Le Clézio, as well as a book chapter exploring the vision of the Amerindian in the travelogues of Canadian founding fathers Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain. Moreover, he has written several book reviews on contemporary fictional and philosophical works in the French Review. Presenting research domestically and internationally in prestigious academic organizations including the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, and the American Association of French Teachers, Professor Boucher has made significant scholarly contributions to several disciplines. Furthermore, he is engaged in Rutgers’ mission as an active Faculty Senator, University Senator, former interim French Program Director, and French Club Faculty Advisor. His research, teaching, and engagement are all evidence of his dedication to excellent scholarship and to serving students.