Dr. Nadia M. Sahely, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of French 

Office: Dietsch Hall 107

Phone: (440) 826-2246 

Fax: (440) 826-5932



Full-Time Faculty in French

Dr. Nadia Sahely is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. She earned her B.A. in Languages and Literatures (French and English) at Bennington College and M.A. and Ph.D. in French Studies at Brown University. She studied at Bryn Mawr’s Institut d’études françaises d’Avignon in Avignon France, and was a visiting lecturer at the Université Lumière Lyon 2 in Lyon, France. She came to Baldwin Wallace in 2003 with teaching experience in French studies and comparative literature from Brown University, the University of Rhode Island, and Elmhurst College.

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 has recently been writing on such topics as the interlingual poetics of Lebanese writer Etel Adnan, transcultural narratives of the Mediterranean in the works of Amin Maalouf, and postmemory in the works of Wajdi Mouawad, and 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. She regularly presents her work at such venues as the annual meetings of the Modern Language Association, the American Comparative Literature Association, and the 20th/21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium.

Dr. Sahely is the head of the French section at BW. She teaches courses throughout the curriculum in French language, literature and culture; has directed numerous student research projects in French, Francophone, and Middle Eastern and North African Studies; and has led study abroad and faculty travel to France. She has completed training in the pedagogy of French for Special Purposes at the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris, and recently was actively involved in Baldwin Wallace’s Department of Education grant on Cultures and Language Across the Curriculum (CLAC) and CIC initiative in Informational Fluency in the Foreign Languages. In 2007, she was awarded the Bechberger Award for Human Development and was named an Outstanding Educator by Ohio Magazine.

She is passionate about sharing her love of international cultures through working with students on a number of fronts: she hosts the weekly French conversation hour, and is the faculty advisor of the French Club, the Middle Eastern Student Alliance and the BW International Film Series. Since 2005, she has worked to bring an annual French and/or international film series to the BW campus and surrounding community. The annual BW International Film Series is organized in cooperation with numerous campus organizations. During the month of February, it brings film screenings, post-film discussions, and international receptions to an audience of over 600 students, faculty, staff and community members.



French 101 Elementary French I

French 102 Elementary French II

French 201 Intermediate French I      

French 202 Intermediate French II

French 221 French Conversation                   

French 240 Contemporary France (CLAC)

French 260 Commercial French

French 275 Introduction to French Literature

French 299/Arabic 199 Seminar in Franco-Arab Studies: Politics and Culture of Lebanon (CLAC)

French 310 French Civilization I: Civilization of France (Origins to the 5th Republic)

French 311 French Civilization II: The Francophone World

French 335 Advanced Grammar and Composition

French 375 Survey of French Literature I:

French Literature from the Middle Ages to the 18th Century

French 376 Survey of French Literature II:

Literature and Ethics: Selfhood and Otherness in Modern French Literature

French 263/French 463 Seminar: Politics of Love

Summer in Paris Program:

French 240 Contemporary France: Paris in the 21st Century (in France)


FRN 050 Independent Study: 

Supervised Research in French and Francophone Studies 

(See Dr. Sahely if you are interested)

Sample past topics and projects include:

Contemporary French Poetry and Poetics

Francophone Literature of the Caribbean

French Short Fiction (Tournier, Le Clézio)

France and Europe: The Issue of Secularism

Privatization in France during the 80s and 90s

19th-Century French Poetry (Baudelaire, Rimbaud)

Diderot and Rousseau

Jean Cocteau et Les six

The Problem of Integration and French Women’s Literature of the Banlieue

17th – 19th century French Literary Representations of America

Politics of the Couple in Recent French Cinema

Social Movements in Lebanon from the end of the Civil War to the present

The Politics of La Parité

Transcultural Influences on Moroccan Music

Verlan and the Linguistic Politics of Contemporary France

Ethics and Animal Representations in 19th century French Literature




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