Stephanie Tsakeu Mazan

Doctoral Student
New Cabell Hall, Room 344




Stephanie Diane Tsakeu Mazan was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon (a country considered as “Africa in Miniature”). She taught French for six years in High Schools in her country. She has been a French instructor for two years at The University of New Mexico and will be starting a new experience at the University of Virginia this Fall. She received both a B.A and a Maîtrise at University of Yaoundé I; a Master of Arts at the University of New Mexico. She is now pursuing her PhD studies at the University of Virginia. Her main focus is: “the Sublime and the Politics”.


  • PhD Candidate- University of Virginia- French Department- 2017-present
  • Master of Arts in French and Francophone studies University of New Mexico (Spring 2017)  
    Thesis: Tierno Monenembo et L’écriture de la saga sandervalienne: réhabilitation mémorielle et fracture coloniale 
  • Maîtrise in African Literatures, University of Yaoundé I (2010)                
    Thesis : “Création littéraire et représentation de l'artiste dans Le Lys et le flamboyant de Henri Lopes”
  • B.A in African Literatures, University of Yaoundé I (2006) 

Research Interests

  • The Sublime and the Politics
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (Intertextuality, Intermediality, Transculturality, Intergenerecity, Hybridity, Identity, etc.)
  • Negro-African Cultural Studies (Literature, cinema, comedy and music)
  • Post-colonial and Feminist Studies
  • Humanitarian Politics in the Third World
  • Carol Raymond Excellence in French (MA Spring 2017), FLL, University of New Mexico

Publications and Other Scholarly Activity

Conferences attended

  • “Crossroads and Terminals: An Interdisciplinary Forum on Journeys, Wanderings, and Travel”, The University of Virginia, Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, (Spring 2018)
  • « Identities in Motion: Communities of Belonging and Exclusion in Diasporic Spaces”, Tenth Annual Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference at the, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, (Spring 2018)
  • “(Un)documented”, New York University, Department of French Literature, Thought and Culture, Graduate Student Conference (Fall 2017)
  • “Visions” Colloquium: University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Spring 2017),
  • “Guilty Pleasures and Confessional Spaces: Storytelling and the Digital Dionysus”, Graduate Conference (CLCS): University of New Mexico (Spring 2017)

Representative Courses

Undergraduate Courses

  • Fall 2015- Spring 2017: Elementary French (101& 102) - University of New Mexico