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Emily Marks

Doctoral Student

Spring 2024 Student Office Hours

Mondays 3:15 - 4:15PM

Wednesdays 3:15 - 4:15PM

New Cabell Hall 344

Emily is a fourth year PhD student in the Department of French. Her interdisciplinary research explores memory and trauma from France’s colonial past in Algeria and the Algerian War of Independence. She is writing a dissertation focusing on representations of clinical encounters in contemporary Algerian literature and mental healthcare narratives. Emily holds a MA in French from the University of Virginia and a BA in History / French and Francophone Studies from Carleton College. Currently, she is conducting fieldwork for her dissertation during UVA’s exchange at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. 

Research Interests

-  20th/21st Century Francophone Literature

-  Memory Studies

-  Medical Humanities 

-  Narratology 


- Chateaubriand Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences

- UVA-ENS Exchange

- American Institute of Maghrib Studies Short Term Research Grant

- UVA Democracy Fellow 2020-2021


- FREN 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020 

Scholarly Activity 

"Questioning the Archive of Algerian Independence: Towards a Decolonized History,” Co-organizer, Conference for 60th Anniversary of Algerian Independence, University of Virginia, March 2022.

“Cartographies of Healing: Space, Narrative and Archival Repair in La

frontière invisible," Presentation for Postgraduate Study Day:

Association of Modern and Contemporary France and the Société des dix-neuviémistes, June 2021