Teaching interests: Francophone Literature and Film, Postcolonial Theory, Travel Writing, History and Memory, Francophone Women’s Literature, Radio and Sound Studies.
Professor de Saussure was born and raised in Northeastern Ohio, but she completed her undergraduate (and some graduate) education at the University of Rennes, France. Broadly stated, her work examines multilingualism in France and the impact of decolonization on French regional and national identities. Her book, Race, Radio, and the Republic: Decolonization on French Airwaves from 1960-1990, shows how radio served as a tool of decolonization, integration, and political activism at a time when community radio stations challenged the French government’s monopoly on radio broadcasts.
She teaches courses in Postcolonial Francophone Studies and Global Francophone film and literature, including: “Media and Multiculturalism in Contemporary France,” “Literature and Cinema of Immigration,” “Remembering and Forgetting: History and Postcolonial Memory,” and “Coming of Age in Empire: Childhood in Francophone Literature.”