Hassan Melehy (PhD, University of Minnesota), Professor of French and Adjunct Professor of Comparative Literature: early modern literature and culture, critical theory, colonialism and migration, philosophy, film studies.

Jessica Tanner (PhD, Harvard University), Assistant Professor of French: 19th-century French literature and culture, critical theory, colonial studies, urban studies.

Ellen Welch (PhD, University of Pennsylvania), Assistant Professor of French: seventeenth-century literature, cross-cultural issues in the early modern world, translation studies.

Affiliated Faculty

Zeina G. Halabi (Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin), Assistant Professor of Arabic: Modern Arabic Literature and Culture; Francophone Literature (Lebanon and Lebanese diaspora); urban, music, and film Studies; Arabic pop culture.

Donald. M. Reid (Ph.D.  Stanford University),  Professor of History: 19th and 20th century French history, cultural studies, labor history

The Graduate Program in French and Francophone Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill trains scholars and teachers in the analysis of the literature and culture of the Francophone world. The program offers a full graduate curriculum in all periods of French literature from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century, in the literature of many French-speaking geographical regions, in cinema, and in literary, cultural, and social theory. Faculty members offer graduate seminars stemming from their own research on topics that include early modern poetry and poetics, the literature and culture of Québec, the seventeenth-century novel, theater and performance, nineteenth-century literature and culture, colonial and postcolonial studies, contemporary theory, Francophone Asia, Franco-Arab studies, the cinema of the Nouvelle Vague, and gender and sexuality studies. All courses involve a variety of approaches by which graduate students receive a thoroughly rounded, globally oriented education through the doctoral level.

The transdisciplinary and transcultural orientation of the Program in French and Francophone Studies is reflected in its close ties with other units on the UNC campus, such as the Center for European Studies, the Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the Department of Asian Studies, the Program in Comparative Literature, and the Program in Sexuality Studies. PhD students are encouraged to take classes in these and other areas as a complement to their coursework in French and Francophone Studies. Enhancing the graduate experience at UNC is nearby Duke University, which also has a highly dynamic graduate program in French as well as many other fields; the two institutions have long had a policy allowing graduate students at each to take courses at the other. In addition, UNC graduate students have opportunities to work and study in a Francophone environment through programs in Montpellier, Paris, and Montreal.

As part of their professional training, all graduate students in French and Francophone Studies teach a variety of courses, including all levels of language instruction, conversation and composition, and introduction to literature. In their first year, students take a seminar in language pedagogy designed to build their abilities and qualifications as teachers.