Wesleyan University Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

Liana Pshevorska

Liana is an Associate Professor of the Practice in French at the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Wesleyan University. She earned her Ph.D. in French from Princeton University, following an M.A. in French Studies (2011) and a B.A. in Education (French & Russian, 2009) from the University of Arizona. Her research centers on 20th-21st-century translingual literature of French expression with a focus on migration, multilingualism, and self-writing. Her scholarship has been published in The French Review, Interfrancophonies, and The Journal of Literary Multilingualism. She recently contributed a chapter “L’espace dédalesque de Vassilis Alexakis: errance, (im)mobilité et fabulation dans L’Enfant grec” to an edited volume Vassilis Alexakis: Chemins croisés (2023) with Presses universitaires de Rennes.

Liana is committed to pedagogy and mentoring. Over the past year, she taught Elementary (FREN101-102) and Intermediate (FREN111-112) courses. In addition to the language sequence, during the 2023-24 academic year, she will also co-teach a seminar “Perspectives in Arts as Culture: Ukrainian Arts and Language as Resistance” (Fall 2023) and teach “French Society in Music from the Roaring Twenties to Today” (Spring 2024). Outside the classroom, she serves as House Advisor to the Maison Francophone.

Prior to joining Wesleyan, Liana worked as Assistant Professor of French in the Department of Foreign Languages at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she taught a range of French courses, served as an academic advisor, and was the officer in charge of the French Forum. In her role as Elementary French I & II course director, she implemented a new textbook, designed new pedagogical materials and provided training and mentorship to junior instructors who taught 130 cadets across 8 sections. From 2015 to 2018, Liana served as a Visiting Instructor in Bryn Mawr College’s summer study abroad program (Institut d’Avignon), where she taught francophone literature, grammar, and creative writing.

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