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Emily Swisher

PhD Candidate


Emily was born and raised in Durango, Colorado before going on to complete her bachelor's degree in French and Anthropology at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.  After studying and teaching abroad in France for two years, she returned to the US to pursue her Master's Degree in French studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She is currently a doctoral student in French studies at UIUC, with a concentration in 20th and 21st century French literature and a specific focus on autobiography.  She is pursuing two graduate minors in Translation/Interpretation and European Union Studies.

Research Interests

20th and 21st century French literature

Autobiography / Photobiography

European Union Studies

Translation and Interpretation

Technology and digital representations of "self"



Ph.D. in French Studies - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (in progress)

M.A. in French Studies - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018

Academic year abroad, teaching assistant - Université de Poitiers, 2016-2017

B.A. Honors in French; Honors in Anthropology - University of Puget Sound, 2012


Knudson Fellowship from the department of French and Italian, 2020

Awards and Honors

Biennial Prize for best essay in French for the paper titled, « Ironiques Lumières: représentations de l’idolâtrie dans Lettres d’une Péruvienne de Françoise de Graffigny », 2020

K.A. Looney Excellence in Teaching Award (junior category), 2016

List of Teachers ranked as Excellent, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2019, Spring 2020


Courses Taught

FR 101: Elementary French I

FR 102: Elementary French II

FR 103: Intermediate French I

FR 133: Accel Intermediate French I

FR 211: Introduction to Literary Studies

FR 212: Introduction to Cultural Analysis - French Identities