Mary Elizabeth Allen

Doctoral Student


  • Master of Arts, University of Oklahoma
            Thesis: Relations du genre et du pouvoir dans la trilogie théâtrale de Beaumarchais
  • Bachelor of Arts in French, University of Oklahoma
  • Bachelor of Arts in International and Area Studies, University of Oklahoma

Additional Educational Experience

  • École Normale Supérieure (Paris, France), UVa exchange, Academic year 2015-2016
  • Geneva Summer School, "New Trends in 18th Century Criticism", Summer 2013
  • Middlebury College, German Immersion Program, Summer 2009

Research Interests

Mary Beth's dissertation centers around the figure of Mouley Ismael, the second Alaouite king of Morocco who reigned from 1672 to 1727, one of the longest reigns for a monarch in Islamic lands. Her research draws on works written by ambassadors, missionaries, and travelers to Morocco, as well as Moroccan chronicles and slave narratives.

Honors and Awards

  • Besse Clement Scholarship Fund Award, University of Oklahoma, 2011      
  • Modern Language Kappa Gamma Epsilon Award, University of Oklahoma, 2010              
  • Arts and Sciences Corinne Price Scholarship Award, University of Oklahoma, 2010, 2009
  • Mary Enod Williams Modern Language Memorial Scholarship, University of Oklahoma, 2007
  • Olive Hawes Modern Language Scholarship, University of Oklahoma, 2006
  • Board of Visitors Scholarship Award, University of Oklahoma, 2006)      

Representative Courses

  • University of Virginia: Summer Transitions Graduate Assistantship
  • University of Virginia: French 1010, 1020, 1050, 2010, 2020, French 3034 (Quête du savoir et prise de parole!;                
    La Rencontre et le dialogue au Maroc; Communication orale et écrite avancée),
    Summer language Institute Cultural Atelier 
  • University of Oklahoma: French 1115, 1225, 2113

Related Professional Work

  • Assistant Coordinator for UVa Study Abroad program in Rabat, Morocco, Summer 2015
  • English Teaching Assistant, Graz, Austria, 2011-2013
  • French Graduate Instructor, University of Oklahoma, 2008-2011
  • State Department Internship, American Embassy: Cotonou, Benin, Summer 2006
  • English Teaching Assistant, Clermont-Ferrand France, 2004-2005

Professional Memberships/Affiliations 

  • American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies, Member since 2014
  • UVa Society of Fellows, Junior Fellow since 2014
  • Pi Delta Phi French Honor Society, Member since 2008
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Member since 2007
  • Kappa Gamma Epsilon Modern Languages Honor Society, Member since 2006
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Member since 2003
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Member since 2003

Papers Presented

  • Modern Language Association Annual Conference, " The Philosophes in Morocco; Revolutionary Ideas and Islam in The 21st Century", Presented in Austin Texas January 7, 2016.
  • American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, "The Satirist Palissot, or the Self-styled Molière", Presented in Los Angeles, March 20, 2015.
  • University of Virginia, French Graduate Conference "Art and War", « Palissot l'anti-philosophe, ou le Molière prétendu », Presented April 6, 2014.