Mary Elizabeth Allen

Doctoral Student

  Spring 2020 Office Hours

Biography

I am a PhD candidate in the French department at UVA, and my research interests lie in Early Modern Mediterranean Studies, especially diplomacy and cross-cultural encounters. In my dissertation, I am exploring the history of a 1699 marriage proposal from the King of Morocco for a daughter of Louis XIV.

EDUCATION

Ph.D. candidate French, Department of French, University of Virginia, Expected Defense: Spring 2020.
M.A. French, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, University of Oklahoma,
2012. Thesis title, « Relations du genre et du pouvoir dans la trilogie théâtrale de Beaumarchais ».
B.A. French, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, University of Oklahoma, 2007.
B.A. International and Area Studies, Department of International and Area Studies, University of Oklahoma, 2007.

LANGUAGES

English: Native speaker.
French: Near native speaker fluency.
German: Intermediate.
Arabic: Intermediate Research language.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

History & historiography
French language and literature
Early Modern Mediterranean history
Europe, North Africa, Middle East
Postcolonial Theory
History of Diplomacy
Critical Race Theory

EXCHANGE PROGRAMS, INTENSIVE COURSES & INTERNSHIPS

Student at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, week-long course: Conceptualising and Creating a Digital Edition, Victoria British Columbia June 3-7, 2019 to plan a digital archive on North African sources, starting with the Sources inédites de l’histoire du Maroc.
Internship with UVA Office of the Vice Provost of Academic Outreach: developing communication strategies and helping to shape the University’s approaches to engagement with local and global communities, serving as editor for the website EngagedUVA.virginia.edu, Charlottesville 2018 - 19.

Invited Student, exchange program with the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, 2017 - 18.

University-wide selection for an exchange program between the École normale supérieure (Paris) and the University of Virginia, 2015-16.

Student at the Geneva Summer School, « New Trends in 18th Century Criticism », Summer 2013.

Student at Middlebury College, German Immersion Program, Summer 2009.

Internship with the U.S. Department of State, at the Embassy in Cotonou, Benin, Summer 2006.

RECENT TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Global Studies Instructor of Record, University of Virginia, (Global Studies Middle East & South Asia track): GSMS 3010, “The Global ‘in-Situ’: Perspectives of the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia,” Fall 2019.

Instructor of Record for French language and culture courses: introductory and intermediate levels at the University of Virginia: FREN-1010, FREN-1020, FREN-1050, FREN-2010, FREN-2020), 2013-2019.

Graduate Assistant and Mentor for the University of Virginia Summer Transitions Program, assisting incoming students as they adjust to college, Summer 2015 and Summer 2016.

Instructor of Record for the French Cultural Studies Course at the University of Virginia Summer Language Institute, teaching culture through text, music, films and cooking lessons, Summer 2015.

Designed and instructed original course in advanced oral and written communication for theUniversity of Virginia Study Abroad Program in Rabat, Morocco, (FREN-3034) titled: "Quête du savoir et prise de parole! La rencontre et le dialogue au Maroc", summer 2015.
Instructor of Record for French language and culture courses: introductory and intermediate levels at the University of Oklahoma, 2008 - 2011.

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

University of Virginia, Office of the Provost and Center for Teaching Excellence: Thrive Grant for Teaching Excellence to support my GSMS 3010 course, Fall 2019. This grant has enabled me to bring several guest discussants to our classroom as well as take a fieldtrip to a museum in Washington, DC.

University of Virginia, French Department Summer Grant, 2019. This grant supported my study at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute in Victoria, Canada.

University of Virginia, French Department Summer Grant 2018. This grant enabled me to conduct research in France, and attend a conference in England.

University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences, Dissertation Completion Fellowship 2018 - 2019.

University of Virginia, French Department Summer Grant 2017.

École Normale Supérieure, University-wide Selection Exchange Program with the University of Virginia for study in Paris, 2015 - 2016.

University of Virginia Conference Travel Grants, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.

University of Virginia, Society of Fellows Yalden-Thomson Summer Grant, 2015.

University of Virginia, Five-year Fellowship and Teaching Assistantship beginning in 2013 - 2018.

Fulbright Commission English Teaching Assistantship, Graz, Austria, 2011 - 2013.

Board of Visitors Scholarship Award for work and study in Benin, University of Oklahoma, 2006.

CONFERENCES & INVITED TALKS

MESALC Interdisciplinary UVA forum guest speaker, “Proposing Marriage, Pursuing Peace: Diplomatic Relations and Discord between Mouley Ismaël of Morocco and Louis XIV of France”, Presented in the Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures, March 21st, 2019.

Guest lecturer, presenting research methods and sources for a capstone course in Middle East Studies at University of Virginia, March 21st, 2019.

Society for the Study of French History, “Amity and Avarice: Abdellah Ben Aïcha's Moroccan Ambassadorship in France”, Presented at the University of Warwick in UK, July 10, 2018.

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.

The 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, California, March 20, 2015.

University of Virginia, French Graduate Conference "Art and War", «Palissot l'anti-philosophe, ou le Molière prétendu», Presented in Charlottesville, Virginia, April 6, 2014.