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Mina Khavandi is completing a joint PhD in the French Department and the Cinema Studies Department at Rutgers. She holds an M.A. in French from Rutgers University, and a B.A in French Literature, Language, and Culture from University of Tehran.

Having worked under the mentorship of Alan Williams, she is currently completing her dissertation focusing on the rhetorical conceptualizations of femininity in French-speaking cinema.

Areas of research: French cinema studies, Women & Gender studies, writing the self, women writers, feminist film theories, Poetry in film, French theater, intersections between art and literature, music and literature, performance studies, visual art studies.

Mina has taught at University of Connecticut where she designed and taught French Film & Media Studies courses as well as French Culture courses and French Language courses. (2022-2023)

2021-2022 fellow in the PreDoctoral Leadership Development Academy at Rutgers.

Recipient of the Lockwood Prize for Distinguished Accomplishments in Teaching in the French Department (June 2021)

French Department ambassador at La Maison Française at Rutgers. (2020-2021)

Mina is also a poet. Her creative work is best captured in performance, combined at times with acting, music, and visual narratives. Beyond poetry, Mina is passionate about performing arts such as theater and opera and reflects often on the question of body engagement in literature and cinema.

Selected conference presentations and talks:

  • “Memory in Narrative: The Question of Identity Crisis in Diane Kurys’ Cinema”, 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, University of Pittsburgh, March 2022
  • “Reclaiming Images: Agnès Varda’s Cinécriture in Cléo de 5 à 7” The 53rd Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), Johns Hopkins University, March 2022
  • “French Literature and Life: Career Opportunities for Students”, French Beyond the Classroom, Rutgers University, November 2020
  • “Teaching an Undergraduate Course as an International Teacher”, presenter and roundtable moderator for International New Teaching Assistants Orientation, August 2020

Mina is a regular soprano singer in the Rutgers University Choir, one of the four main ensembles at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers. Mina contributes further to Rutgers University Choir as language and pronunciation coach for pieces sung in French and Farsi.

Selected performances:

Film festivals: Mina served as Film Juror at the Burlington County Short Film Festival (2022)

Professional affiliations: CFFS, MLA, WIF, NeMLA, SCMS, AATF