Claire Marie

Claire-Marie Brisson

Doctoral Student
342 New Cabell Hall

Spring 2020 Office Hours


  • Doctor of Philosophy (ABD) - The University of Virginia - 2016-present
    Dissertation Topic: The Transnational Francosphere during the Second World War (in-progress)

  • Master of Arts (French) - Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) – 2016
    Essay: « L’idéologie fasciste et l’esthétique de l’image sous l’Occupation en France »

  • Bachelor of Arts – French and Secondary Education with Minors in Political Science and German – The University of Michigan-Dearborn – 2013

Research Interests

  • 20th and 21st Century literature, art, and film
  • Québec society, history, and culture
  • The Occupation, Résistants et collaborateurs, the Shoah
  • Lieux de mémoire and Memory Studies
  • Semiotic Aesthetics and Art Criticism
  • Transnational and Global Studies
  • Nationalism and National Narratives

Honors and Awards

  • 2017-2018 Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship at The University of Virginia.
  • 2017 Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHSS) Summer Research Award. Research project: "Transatlantic Reactions: Mapping the Ideological and Literary Currents of World War II Québec."
  • Dumas Malone Traveling Fellowship. The University of Virginia, 2016.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar – Avignon, France - Summer 2014 – La Théâtralité et la réalité dans le théâtre français moderne, under the direction of Dr. Mary Ann Frese Witt, North Carolina State University
  • Candace Beutell Gardner Endowed Scholarship – Wayne State University – Detroit, Michigan
    Recognition of Excellence in French Studies and Education
    August 2014
  • The Honor Scholar Award – French Studies – The University of Michigan Dearborn, April 2013
  • Michigan Difference Makers – The University of Michigan-Dearborn, 2012
  • Leadership Detroit – University Partners Leadership Award – Detroit, Michigan, June 2012


  • Brisson, Claire-Marie. "Toppling Statues, Towering Walls: The Tumultuous United States in the Shadows of the Canadian Global Ideal." Études Canadiennes / Canadian Studies N°85 (Le Canada, refuge américain / Canada: A Refuge from the United States?), December / décembre 2018. Paris: L’Association Française d’Études Canadiennes, 2018.

Conferences and Talks

  • Panelist - Femmes de pouvoir au XXIe siècle - Réseau Québec-Monde
    Paris, France
    November 2018
  • Keynote Speaker - Paris-Québec-Washington : collaborations historiques, relations directes et privilégiées et entraide réciproque — Union Française de Montréal – Montréal, QC
    March 2018
  • “Mapping Meaning through Technology” – AAEEBL Southeast Regional Conference – Charlottesville, VA
    November 2017
  • The 58th Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Saint Louis, Missouri
    “Immaculate Bodies:Fascist Aesthetic Dominance in Leni Riefenstahl’s Olympia.” 
    November 2016
  • Louisiana State University – Violence and Resistance in the French and Francophone World
    10th Annual Graduate Student Association Conference
    “Fashioning a Collective Perception: Decoding Fascist Aesthetics in Occupied France.”
    March 2016
  • TED Talk – TEDx Wayne State University – Detroit, Michigan
    Talk Title: “Life as a Polyglot”
    April 2015
  • National Endowment for the Humanities – Seminar on Theatricality and Reality in Modern French Theatre – Avignon, France
    Talk Title: “The Semiotics of Propaganda and its Influence on Occupied French Theatre.”
    July 2014