Roxane Pajoul 

Assistant Professor
Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy

152 Humanities BuildingDr. Roxane Pajoul

Ph.D. in French, Vanderbilt University

M.A. in French, Vanderbilt University
M.A. in American History, Paris VII (France)
B.A. in Anglophone Studies, Paris VII (France)

Dr. Pajoul is a native of France and has Martinican origins. Her dissertation examined taboo topics in the Francophone Caribbean, particularly questions of homosexuality and race in Martinique, Guadeloupe and Haiti. In her courses of all levels, Dr. Pajoul values oral production, a marketable skill that she deems essential to her students' success in any profession. She also encourages her students to develop critical thinking through the analysis of short music clips, films, and images, especially regarding the question of race in France.

Her research interests include:
-- Taboos, silences, tensions in Caribbean literature and culture
– particularly homosexuality, race, and politics.
-- Women and Gender Studies: representations and use of the female body in literature, films, and media.
-- Black France: the ideals of French universalism versus the reality of French multiculturalism.

Selected Academic and/or Popular Press Publications
“Neither here, nor there: negotiating the French-Caribbean relationship in literary mixed-race Couples,” in Unheard (-of) Voices from the Afro-Romance Diaspora, Georg Olms Publishing (Forthcoming)

Selected Conference Presentations:
“Moral Perversion: Politics of Contamination in Emile Zola’s La Curée”  South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) – November 2015

“The Vanderwiki Project: a social pedagogies approach to cultural issues in France” Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association (TFLTA) – November 2013

“Réappropriation/reconstruction de soi: être citoyenne haïtienne sous la dictature Duvalier” Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) – May 2012

Invited Speaker
Alliance Française of Nashville, Nashville, TN August 22 2020 Co-host. Ciné-club documentary Mariannes Noires and Systemic Racism in France.

Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching, Nashville, TN Recorded June 9 2020 Podcast Leading Line episode 80. Adapting to Remote Teaching during Covid-19. Recording.

Classes Taught at TSU
FREN-1010: Elementary French I
FREN-1020: Elementary French II
FREN-2010: Intermediate French I
FREN-2020: Intermediate French II
FREN-3020: Advanced French Grammar
FREN-3120: Culture and Civilization of France
FREN-3030: Introduction to Translation French-English/English-French
FREN-4300: Special Topics: Race in France/Black France

Select University and Departmental Committees:
LLP Curriculum Committee
Chair LLP Technology Committee