I am currently a PhD student in French and Francophone Studies at Northwestern University, near Chicago. My current research focuses on postcolonial Franco-Algerian political relations and identity politics in France.
Before moving to Chicago in 2013, I taught high school English in Pau in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques region of southwestern France, and I have lived on several separate occasions in the south of France, working as a live-in nanny in Avignon, volunteering on an organic farm in the French Alps, and tutoring English in Nice.
I am a passionate reader, writer, traveler, language learner, and long-distance runner. My life is in many ways dedicated to the pursuit and the sharing of knowledge; I have worked in publishing, research, education, journalism, and, most recently, documentary film production. In 2013, I traveled to Uganda with my partner, an American documentary filmmaker, to produce a film focusing on the operations of a local humanitarian organization based in Jinja. I am guided by my wanderlust and my insatiable sense of adventure and exploration.