Graduate Awards

At this year’s Departmental Awards under the Oaks, three graduate students were honored for outstanding achievements in research, teaching, and departmental service.

  • Nicole Horne was recognized for Excellence in Research, for her promising dissertation prospectus, her progress during her year spent at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, and her forthcoming article in Expressions Maghrébines.
  • Ryan Joyce was recognized for Excellence in Teaching, for his commitment to his classroom and leadership as section head for FREN2030.
  • Tamara Bentley Caudill was recognized for Excellence in Departmental Service, for her contributions to the department’s digital presence (web, social media).

Tulane connections in Paris

Sharon Kinoshita visits Tulane

Sharon Kinoshita (UC Santa Cruz) came to Tulane on Thursday, January 26 to present a lecture entitled “The Lure of the Sea: The Mediterranean Past in/and the Post-National Present.”

On Friday, we enjoyed spending time with Professor Kinoshita at an early morning breakfast followed by a coffee break.

Our Third Annual Murder Mystery… another success

On November 11, the graduate students of the Department of French & Italian held their third annual Murder Mystery party in conjunction with National French Week and the Alliance Française of New Orleans.


French & Italian has two finalists in Tulane’s 2nd annual Three Minute Thesis

On Wednesday, November 9, Erika Mandarino and Tamara Caudill competed in Tulane University’s Three Minute Thesis competition.

Mandarino is a student of Fayçal Falaky, and her presentation was titled “Heavenly Bodies.” Her work looks at the ways that Early Modern literature was influenced by developments in astronomy and how a new-found interest in the plurality of worlds created a “plurality of thought.”

Caudill is a student of Elizabeth W. Poe, and her presentation was titled “One of these things is not like the Others.” Her research looks at fluidity in medieval literary genres through the lens of performance and manuscript studies and explores what this fluidity reveals about medieval society and culture.

According to the 3MT website, “Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.” For more information, see