Johanna, a native of France, received her BA and MA in American Civilization and with a focus on African-American Studies from Université Jean Monnet in Saint-Etienne. She discovered her fondness for teaching French at Académie Lafayette, a French immersion school. She then received her MA in French at North Carolina State University where she also was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by the Graduate Student Association, sponsored by the Graduate School.
One of her primary research interests, which will be her focus for the dissertation, is the complexities and ambiguities of identity in French women from the Caribbean or Africa, as evidenced by women authors such as Maryse Condé, Ina Césaire, Gisèle Pineau, Marie Ndiaye among others. Other current research interests include 20th and 21st century women’s writings, language and identity, history and memory, women’s studies, African diaspora, orality and filiation. Other interests include theater and performance across the centuries, language pedagogy, and the digital humanities.
Johanna is currently serving as the Resident Language Coordinator at Mary Lyndon Hall, an on-campus immersive French program for undergraduate students. She also took part in the departmental study abroad program UGA en France in Montpellier in 2015 and, in 2016, she also served as the Assistant Director for the study abroad program. Johanna is also involved with the Graduate Student Organization where she is the External Outreach Coordinator, a member of the Colloquium Committee and a core-member of Crossroads Graduate Conference organizing committee for February 2017.
Courses taught at UGA: FREN 1001, FREN 2001, FREN 2002, FREN 2030, FREN 4150
Other Courses taught: FREN 1002