Research Interest: The intersection of French & Francophone literature and Culture; Anthropology; Folklore
Bethany Schiffman is in her third year of graduate studies at UCLA. This year she is completing her coursework and teaching. She is interested in French and Francophone studies, particularly the Caribbean. For her dissertation, she hopes to analyze oral tales and tradition as cultural artifacts that allow access to the voices of those under-represented in the literary record. She has presented her work at both French and Folklore conferences. Bethany represented the department at the Institute of French Cultural Studies at Dartmouth College, a month-long colloquium devoted to French literary and cultural studies and pedagogy. She has received two Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Grants as well as a Foreign Language and Area Studies grant (which she, unfortunately, had to decline). She also received the Dr. Roman Colbert Scholarship to carry out research in France in summer 2016. Prior to entering the UCLA French and Francophone Studies PhD program Bethany wrote content for French Canadian automotive dealer websites. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in both French and Anthropology from New York University in 2012; she was elected into Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year. She wrote two honors thesis, receiving High Honors in Anthropology and Highest Honors in French. Her French thesis was awarded the Prix Jendrich Zezula for best undergraduate thesis.