- Teaching Assistant
Claire Ménard received a Maîtrise in Anglophone Studies from the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France, in 2007. Nevertheless, after spending a year as a French intern at Colgate University and a summer at the French school at Middlebury College, she decided to continue her academic career in the US and obtained a M.A in French Literature from Miami University, Ohio, in 2009. She spent the following year as a Teaching Associate at Brown University before applying to the doctoral program at Rutgers. Claire's current research interests lie in 20th - 21st century literature and film, especially postmodernism and theory. She is focusing her research on the depiction of work in relation to globalization and entrepreneurship. Laurent Cantet, the Dardennes brothers, Cedric Klapish and Abdellatif Kechiche are among her favorite film directors. She is also particularly interested in the literary works of George Perec, Jean-Philippe Toussaint and Eric Chevillard. Other interests include the question of memory in relation to Second World War testimonies, as well as the younger generation of bandes dessinées authors such as Manu Larcenet and Joann Sfar. Claire was part of the staff for the Rutgers in Paris summer program in 2010 and Directrice of the French House on Douglass Campus. She currently teaches intermediate French and, as president of the French Graduate Student Organization, she is heavily involved in organizing "La Fracture: Disrupted Subjectivity," the conference to be held in March 2012.