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Sandra Rousseau

Associate Professor of French, French and Francophone Studies

Education & Professional History

Pennsylvania State University, MA, PhD

Sandra Rousseau (Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University) teaches courses in contemporary French and Francophone culture, history, and memory. She has developed classes focused on visual media, pop culture, and more particularly on bandes dessinées. Her research interests include stand-up comedy as memory, humor and trauma, politics and ethics, and contemporary French pop culture. Her current project investigates the intersection of humor and memory in the context of Franco-Algerian relations. In her classes Sandra has set up timeline projects and collaborations with St Olaf.

She has recently published articles on francophone stand-up, on Algerian cartoons and censorship, and on Graphic novelist Nawel Louerrad.

Sandra is interested in supporting all students on campus and loves to welcome you to her office for an intellectual or a casual chat.

When she is not reading or writing, she is cooking for friends while listening to her favorite podcast: La poudre. 

Courses Taught This Year

  • FREN 100: Balloons and Cultures: Graphic Novels of the French Speaking World (Fall 2023)
  • FREN 280: Argue! Practicing Eloquence (Fall 2023)
  • FREN 206: Contemporary French and Francophone Culture (Winter 2024)
  • FREN 244: Contemporary France and Humor (Spring 2024)
  • FREN 360: Representation of the Algerian War (Winter 2024)

At Carleton since 2015.

Highlights & Recent Activity

Rousseau, Sandra. "Ali Dilem: Artivisme Algérien et Mémoire Comique". International Journal of Francophone Studies 23.1-2 (2020): 9-29.
Rousseau, Sandra. “Layering Memories: Frank Chiche’s Je Vous Ai Compris (2012).” French Cultural Studies, vol. 32, no. 1, Feb. 2021, pp. 55–65.
Rousseau, Sandra. "Coquelicots et piano: Le Moyen-Orient revendique la marge.Nouvelles Études Francophones, vol. 34 no. 1, 2019, p. 11-24. 

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

H-France

SFHS

WSFH

Current Courses

  • Fall 2023
    FREN 100: Balloons and Cultures: Graphic Novels of the French Speaking World
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    FREN 280: Argue! Practicing Eloquence
  • Winter 2024
    EUST 110: The Power of Place: Memory and Counter-Memory in the European City
  •  
    FREN 206: Contemporary French and Francophone Culture
  •  
    FREN 360: The Algerian War of Liberation and Its Representations
  • Spring 2024
    FREN 244: Contemporary France and Humor
  • Fall 2024
    FREN 204: Intermediate French
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    FREN 350: Middle East and French Connection
  • Winter 2025
    EUST 110: The Power of Place: Memory and Counter-Memory in the European City
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    FREN 206: Contemporary French and Francophone Culture