Nadia Sahely headshot

Chair, World Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department
Ph.D., Brown University

Nadia Sahely

Nadia Sahely headshotChair, World Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department
Professor of French and Francophone Studies

Ph.D., M.A., Brown University
B.A., Bennington College


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Dr. Nadia Sahely is director of the French program at BW. She teaches courses throughout the curriculum in French language, literature and culture; has supervised numerous student research projects in French, Francophone and Middle Eastern and North African Studies; and has developed study abroad and faculty travel to France. Outside the classroom, she sponsors the weekly French conversation hour and is the faculty advisor of the French club, the Middle Eastern culture club and the BW international film series. For over 10 years, she has worked to bring an annual French and/or international film series to the BW campus and surrounding community. In 2007, she was awarded the Bechberger Award for Human Development and was named an Outstanding Educator by Ohio Magazine.

Her primary area of research is in 20th- and 21st-century French literary and interdisciplinary studies and critical theory. Her interests include work at the intersection of philosophy and literature, discourses on gender and sexuality, intellectual and cultural history, avant-garde literary groups and poetry. She has published on such writers as Georges Bataille and Colette Peignot and has completed a manuscript entitled “Vanguards of the Couple in Modern France: Reinventions of Love and the Social Bond from Charles Fourier to Luce Irigaray.” She also has a secondary interest in comparative literature, especially Francophone and modern Arabic literatures of the Machrek. She is currently working on a book-length manuscript entitled “(Re)Locations of Lebanon: Francophone and Transnational Lebanese Literature and Film from 1990 to the Present.”