Visiting Assistant Professor of French
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University Hall 3110

Research and Teaching Interests: 20th and 21st-century French and Francophone literature, Bandes dessinées, Postcolonial literature, Refugee studies, Climate fiction

Office Hours: By appointment

Education:
  • Ph.D. French Studies, University of New Mexico
  • M.A., M.Phil French, Pondicherry University, India
  • B.A. English, St. Teresa’s College, India

Susmitha Udayan earned a Ph.D in French Studies at the University of New Mexico. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on accounts of refugee and migrant experiences in French novels and documentary comics. Her book project examines the forms of personhood that emerge from forced displacement and legal exclusion.

Udayan has presented her research at various national and international conferences, and contributed articles to peer reviewed journals and edited book volumes.

Udayan's teaching has been shaped by her experience of living, studying, and working in countries as diverse as India, France, Qatar and the United States. In addition to French language and culture courses, Udayan also teaches courses on immigration, climate fiction, comics and graphic novels.