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


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 work reconstitutes this historical (and literary) figure, with focus on a particular event, his marriage request for the daughter of Louis XIV, the Princess de Conti. Her research draws on works written by ambassadors, missionaries, and travelers to Morocco, as well as Moroccan chronicles and slave narratives.


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

Centre Jacques Berque: Colonial Morocco Revisited, "Philosophizing in Morocco: Thought, Power, and Practice in the Protectorate and Post-protectorate Eras", Presented in Rabat, Morocco July 13, 2017.

American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, "Proposing Marriage,  Pursuing Peace:  Diplomatic Relations and Discord between Mouley Ismaël and Louis XIV", Presented in Minneapolis  April 1st, 2017.

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.