Claire Marie

Claire-Marie Brisson

Doctoral Student
342 New Cabell Hall

Fall 2020 Student Hours:

Tuesday and Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
or by appointment by Zoom
Email  Claire-Marie Bissom for Zoom ID and Password


Claire-Marie Brisson is a fifth-year doctoral candidate, whose thesis topic focuses on identity, transnationality, and the edification of cultural values in French Canada in the twentieth century.

A proud Franco-American, Claire-Marie situates her rhizomatic identity between the United States and Canada, stemming from Québec and the Great Lakes regions. Her research hopes to contribute to visibility efforts for North American Francophones in Québec, New England, the Great Lakes, the Midwest, Louisiana, the Pacific Northwest, and Western Canadian Provinces. In addition, Claire-Marie is interested in First Nations and Native Canadian language rights and cultural visibility, German Studies, and topics in Engineering.

Claire-Marie is the founder and host of The North American Francophone Podcast ( and is a Special Correspondent for Radio-Canada Alberta. Her media outreach and broadcasts are intended to introduce the general public to North American Francophone topics. Broadcasts on her podcast are recorded exclusively in English, and monthly broadcasts with Radio-Canada are aired in French.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (ABD) - The University of Virginia - 2016-present
    Dissertation Title: "The Francophone North Atlantic: Identity, Religiosity, and Trauma in Francophone Canada."
    Committee: Drs. Janet Horne, Alison Levine, Claire Lyu, and Richard Handler.
  • 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
  • North American Francophone society, history, and culture - special emphasis on Québec, Francophone Canada, and The Great Lakes
  • Topics in the Second World War: 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