Our Team

OUR TEAM

President

Yulia Bosworth is an Associate Professor of French and Linguistics in the Department of Romance Languages at Binghamton University. She specializes in sociolinguistics of North American French with an emphasis on Quebec French and its speaker communities. Her research is broadly aimed at examining the relationship between language and identity in Quebec, focusing on language ideologies and attitudes toward language in relation to French inside and outside Quebec. Her work has appeared in journals spanning the fields of language and linguistics (Discourse and Society, The French Review, Language and Communication), Quebec Studies (Québec Studies), and Canadian Studies (American Review of Canadian Studies, Journal of Eastern Townships Studies). Her current scholarship focuses on the public’s and the elites’ attitudes toward the French language in journalistic and political discourse in Quebec and Canada.

Past-President

Katharine Harrington is Associate Professor of French at Plymouth State University where she has taught since 2010. Previously, she had taught at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. She teaches a wide-range of courses in the language, culture, literature, and film of the French-speaking world.   Her research interests include contemporary French and Francophone literature, French and Québécois film, Francophone communities of New England, and innovative approaches to language teaching. She is the author of Writing the Nomadic Experience in Contemporary French and Francophone Literature.   She is co-founder of the Bienvenue au New Hampshire initiative that works to develop visibility for French in New Hampshire by celebrating the Franco-American heritage of the state and in assisting local businesses and tourist attractions with French language services to help attract and welcome Québécois visitors to the region.

Vice-President

Olivia Choplin is Associate Professor of French at Elon University in North Carolina where she teaches all levels of French language and French and Francophone cultures. She has published on Québécois playwrights Michel Tremblay and Wajdi Mouawad, and her recent work considers the works of Haitian-Québécois Marie-Célie Agnant and Dany Laferrière. Her pedagogical interests include the use of theater in the foreign-language classroom and developing students’ intercultural knowledge and awareness by helping them to recognize themselves as culturally-situated beings. She regularly incorporates Québec content in her intermediate and advanced French courses. She also serves on the Editorial Board of the American Review of Canadian Studies.

Treasurer

Erin Edgington earned her Ph.D. in French Literature from Indiana University - Bloomington in 2013. Since then, she has taught French language and literature at Queen's University Belfast, the University of Michigan, and the University of Nevada, Reno. She is a specialist of 19th-century French(-Canadian) poetry and the author of Fashioned Texts and Painted Books: Nineteenth-Century French Fan Poetry (North Carolina, 2017) as well as articles on the works of William Chapman, Stéphane Mallarmé, Théophile Gautier, Edmond de Goncourt, Octave Uzanne and language pedagogy. Her current book project, under advance contract with McGill-Queen’s University Press, offers an overdue reconsideration of notorious French-Canadian poet William Chapman, who once speculated that he would be selected to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature not because he was a great poet, but because he was "le moins mauvais poète du Canada" ("the least bad Canadian poet").

Secretary

Holly Collins is an Associate Professor of French at Baylor University. Her main areas of research are nineteenth-century French literature, especially Zola, and twentieth- and twenty-first-century Francophone literatures, particularly migrant narratives. Selected recent publications include: “The Ethics of Gender, Domination, and History in the Literature of Dany Laferrière and Marie-Célie Agnant” in NaKaN. A Journal of Cultural Studies (2024), “Why French Colonial Anti-Semitism Matters Here and Now” in the International Journal of Literary Humanities (2022), and “Monumental Constructions: Statues, Identity, and Gabrielle Roy’s ‘L’arbre’” in Québec Studies (2021).

Editor-in-Chief

Amy J. Ransom is professor of French at Central Michigan University, where she teaches all levels of French language and literature, French film, and Quebec studies courses. She received her PhD in French literature from the University of Minnesota, publishing her revised dissertation as The Feminine as Fantastic in the conte fantastique: Visions of the Other (1995). She retrained as a Québec specialist in the early 2000s, and has published two dozen articles and two books on Quebec popular culture, science-fiction and fantasy literatures in particular. Science Fiction from Québec: A Postcolonial Study (2009) was both the first monograph on “SFQ” and an early application of postcolonial theory to science fiction. Hockey PQ: Canada’s Game in Quebec’s Popular Culture (2014) examines representations of ice hockey in popular fiction, music, film, and television. Her current book project,Quebec Film in the New Millennium: Memory, Territory, Identity, is underway.

Associate Editor for the Social Sciences

Leslie Choquette is Professor of History, Côté Professor of French Studies, and Director of the French Institute at Assumption University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is the author of Frenchmen into Peasants: Modernity and Tradition in the Peopling of French Canada (Harvard University Press, 1997), which won the Alf Andrew Heggoy Prize in French colonial history. She has also written many articles about the French presence throughout North America. In 2012, she received Le Prix du Québec from the Québec Government for her contribution to the field of Québec Studies, and in 2016, she was inaugurated into the American French Genealogical Society’s French Canadian Hall of Fame in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

Book Review Editor for the Humanities

Juliette Rogers is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Macalaster College. Her research interests include 19th century French writers, particularly from the Belle Epoque (1880-1914), and the literature of francophone Quebec, especially contemporary women writers. She has published a number of articles in these areas, and her book, titled Career Stories: Belle Epoque Novels of Professional Development, was published in 2007 on Pennsylvania State University Press. In 2018-2019, she was a Fulbright Research Scholar and conducted research on women writers from northern France at the Université de Lille.

Webmaster and Social Media Coordinator

Alexandre Turgeon is currently a lecturer at the Département des sciences historiques at Université Laval. Specialist in memory-related political issues, his current research is focusing on the links between history, collective memory, and social media. He was a FRQSC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa, Killam Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Bridgewater State University (2017), Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Québec Studies at SUNY Plattsburgh (2018), and a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Université de Montréal. He has published widely on political cartoons, myths, collective memory, commemoration, and social media.