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Teaching Assistant Professor of French | Dey 128


PhD, Modern French Studies, University of Maryland

M.A, French Studies, University of Maryland

B.A, English Literature and Culture, Université de Caen Normandie, France (including courses at the National University of Ireland, Galway)


Cécile Ruel’s research focuses on 20th and 21st French century literature, with a special interest in travel narratives, particularly travel narratives by women. Her dissertation, entitled “Politique, poétique, philosophique: le récit de voyage de Simone de Beauvoir aux États-Unis”, shows how travel writing is central to Beauvoir’s thought as a creative space in which she engages with identity and Otherness, philosophy (particularly phenomenology) and politics.

Other interests include film, philosophy and environmental studies.