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  • Visiting Assistant Professor of French


  • BA, Sorbonne Nouvelle University, 2007
  • MA, Sorbonne Nouvelle University, 2009
  • MA, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2012
  • PhD, Sorbonne Nouvelle University, 2014
  • PhD, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2014

Research / Interests

My research interests focus on North American French-speaking communities, particularly on their relationships to state and civil institutions. I look at legitimization and awareness-raising initiatives within those populations, namely the strategies implemented in American academic institutions to promote the study of French and Francophone cultures.


My first book was published in 2016 by the Presses de l’Université Laval in the series “Langues officielles et sociétés”. Les Cadiens au présent. Revendications d’une francophonie en Amérique du nord deals with the processes associated with demands for recognition of cultural and linguistic identity among Louisiana’s Cajun population.


  • Laura Atran-Fresco Publishes, Gives Interviews

    December 19, 2016

    Visiting Assistant Professor of French Laura Atran-Fresco was interviewed on November 8, 2016 by Jean-Pierre Dubé for the newspaper Francopresse and on November 22, 2016 by Michel Doucet for the radio show Format libre on Radio-Canada Acadie. Both interviews address the recent publication of her book Les Cadiens au présent: Revendications d’une Francophonie en Amérique du Nord, by the University Laval Press, in the series “Langues officielles et sociétés.”

    The work explores strategies to address the Cajun population's demands for recognition of cultural and linguistic identity in contemporary Louisiana. These strategies are divided into three areas. First, Louisiana's integration into the French-speaking world, particularly in the North American context. Second, processes of institutionalization to counter linguistic erosion, in public spaces, as well as in French immersion curriculum and higher education. Lastly, awareness-raising among young people, whether students or young professionals, this age class being potentially best poised to defend the future of the vernacular language and culture.

    Through the analysis of self-validation strategies employed by contemporary Cajuns to reaffirm their language, culture, and identity, Les Cadiens au présent offers models for cultural resistance to strengthen the French-speaking community.