Lia Brozgal earned a BA in French from Chatham College and a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. Before joining the faculty at UCLA in 2008, she was an appointed lecturer in History and Literature at Harvard University. Her research and teaching encompass a variety of topics in Francophone North African literature, culture and history, as well as contemporary France. She is the author of Against Autobiography: Albert Memmi and the Production of Theory (U Nebraska Press, 2013); co-editor of Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today (Liverpool UP, 2015); and author of essays on North African literature cinema, beur cultural productions, chronicles of the Holocaust in North Africa, and Judeo-Maghrebi literature and film. Professor Brozgal is anticipating the completion of a monograph devoted to the literary and visual representations of the October 17, 1961 massacre of Algerians in Paris.



Ninette of Sin Street. A novella by Vitalis Danon. Co-edited and introduced with Sarah Stein. Translated by Jane Kuntz. Stanford UP, 2017

Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today. Co-edited with Sara Kippur. Liverpool University Press, 2015.

Against Autobiography: Albert Memmi and the Production of Theory. University of Nebraska Press, 2013. 



  • "Gros plan sur le 17 octobre 1961: violence coloniale, cinéma documentaire et le sujet algérien." Fictions de la guerre d'Algérie. Eds Classiques Garnier (Forthcoming)
  • “The Critical Pulse of the Contre-enquête: Kamel Daoud on the Maghrebi Novel In French.” Contemporary French and Francophone Studies. Special issue on the Contemporary Maghrebi Novel in French. 20.1 (2016) 37-46.
  • "My Algeria Hurts: A Review Essay of Denis Guénoun's A Semite." SCTIW Review. 13 January 2015.
  • "In the Absence of the Archive (Paris, October 17, 1961)." South Central Review 31.1 (2014).
  • Rev. of Arlette Farge, Allure of the Archive (Yale UP, 2013) in Francosphères 3.1 (2014) 115-116.
  • "Are We Post-Francophone Yet? Coming to Terms with Dissatisfaction." Francophone Cultures and Geographies of Identity. Eds. Adlai Murdoch and Zuszsanna Fagyal. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013.
  • "Du jeu dans le texte: nouvelles pistes de lecture." Jeu et écriture littéraire. Ed. Samir Marzouki. Brussels, BE: Peter Lang, 2013.
  • "A Most Lucid African: An Interview With Albert Memmi." (Preface, interview) The Savannah Review 1 (Nov 2012) 92-113.
  • "When Good Sentiments Make for 'Bad' Cinema: Reconsidering Allegory in Un été à la Goulette." Contemporary French and Francophone Studies 17.1 (Winter 2013) 28-37.
  • "La Banlieue to the moon: Rachid Djaïdani's Displacement of Paris." Contemporary French Civilization 35.2 (2011) 87-109.
  • "Blindness, the Visual and Ekphrasic Impulses. Albert Memmi Colors in the Lines." French Studies: New Ekphrastic Poetics (Special Issue). 64.3 (July 2010) 317-328.
  • "Hostages of Authenticity: Paul Smaïl, Azouz Begag and the Invention of the Beur Author." French Forum 34.2 (Spring 2009) 113-130.


  • American Council of Learned Societies (2015-2016)
  • Camargo Foundation Fellowship (2014)
  • UC President's Faculty Research Fellowship in the Humanities (2012-2013)
  • Faculty Career Develoment Award, UCLA (2012)
  • Ross Collaborative Research Grant, Center for Jewish Studies, UCLA (2011)
  • Maurice Amado Program in Sephardic Studies, Faculty Research Grant, UCLA (2010)