Claire Reising

Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies - French and Francophone Studies
Assistant Teaching Professor of French and Francophone Studies


Ph.D. and M.Phil., New York University B.A. 
M.A., University of Notre Dame

Research and Teaching Interests

20th and 21st century Francophone literature, second-language acquisition, teaching language through literature and film, Francophone theater, visual culture, migrant literature, cultural studies


Claire Reising received her PhD in French from New York University. At NYU, she taught French language and literature courses and developed co-curricular initiatives for her department’s Undergraduate Studies program. Her interest in teaching French language and literature began at Notre Dame, where she completed her B.A. and M.A.

Professor Reising specializes in contemporary Francophone literature and theater, with an emphasis on migration and literature. She was awarded a Fulbright grant to research diasporic writers in Montreal. Her dissertation, “Deferred Return and Experimental Creation: Dany Laferrière’s and Wajdi Mouawad’s Detours through Montreal,” analyzes how the two authors resist characterization as migrant writers or as exemplars of national identity.

Representative Publications

“Diasporic Creation and Dany Laferrière’s Détours through Haitian Painting,” L’Esprit Créateur, 61.3, (Forthcoming Fall 2021).

“Visual Culture and Diasporic Self-Writing: Wajdi Mouawad Paints His Way Home,” a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, 36.3, (Forthcoming Fall 2021).

Phone: 574-631-6781
Office: 370 Decio Faculty Hall
Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday 2:00-3:00

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