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Alumni Profiles

Graduates from our program go on to pursue careers in many fields.  Visit our Alumni Profiles page to see examples.

Alumni News

See below for recent stories about our alumni and their post-graduation adventures.

Tintin in America
March 14, 2018
Peadar Kavanagh, a French Studies and English Language and Literature graduate (class of 2016) recently accepted an offer from the University of Chicago to begin a PhD in French and Francophone Studies with English Language and Literature as a secondary discipline. Peadar, a Seattle native, credits the 1998 FIFA World Cup held in France and the comic books series of Tintin and Asterix as what originally attracted him to French... Read more
Kelsey Jackson
November 8, 2017
Kelsey Jackson, (class of 2013) a French and Psychology double major recently completed her Master of Science (MSc) in Psychology Research Methods at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England and acheived distinction for her original research project. Kelsey, a native of La Jolla, CA says that her "time in the French department at UW was, without a doubt, pivotal to my ability" to design and create the research project for her MSc. After graduating from UW Kelsey spent a year in Nancy in ... Read more
Christina Sztajnkrcyer
June 22, 2017
Christina Sztajnkrcyer, a recent graduate of our French doctoral program recently published a piece of writing on the website of The Stroum Center For Jewish Studies. Christina's piece, "From Rhodes To Racine: Why a Sephardic Teenager in 20th-Century Paris Was Reading The Tragedy Esther" highlights some of her work with a young woman's school notebook from 20th century Paris. In particular, she uses a quote drawn from Racine's play Esther as a way to shed light on Jewish womanhood in... Read more
group of people in paris
May 18, 2017
Assistant Professor Maya Smith's French 448 students (Cultures of Franco-America) and students in the CHID Amsterdam Study Abroad Program recently watched a screening of the documentary Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light. The screening was followed by an engaging Q&A with the Associate Producer, Julia Browne. The documentary, based on a book by the same name, follows the experience of African-Americans in Paris since 1900.
Emma Smith in Venice
May 11, 2017
Emma Smith has been living and working as an intern at the UW Rome Center since last summer. She will continue her journey in Italy in the fall as an intern with the Environment, Science, Technology, and Health Department at the U.S Embassy in Rome. Below Emma reflects on the year she has spent abroad, and gives advice about balancing your personal, work, and social life while employed in a foreign country. "While being in such a romantic city can be distracting, I have spent most of my time... Read more
purple and gold UW seal
May 5, 2017
Alumni Profiles These French and Italian Studies Alumni have shared the paths they followed after graduation, how their languages have fit into their careers, and why they think the knowledge of foreign languages is beneficial. Lauren Moses 2016, JSIS and French. Teaching Assistant in France: TAPIF “I heard about TAPIF through UW’s French department, in an email. I knew that I wanted to take a gap... Read more
Three presenters with advisor
June 6, 2016
French and Italian students, faculty and staff turned out in great numbers to this year's Graduate Student Colloquium, hosted by Assistant Professor Maya Smith. Current and former graduate students Esther Le Grezause, Lise Lalonde and Federico Fabbri presented their experiences instructing French and Italian. Esther shared her techniques for teaching French pronunciation, stressing the importance of raising awareness of different accents and dialects used... Read more
Italian flag against blue sky
April 11, 2016
Italian minor and international business major Teodora Costea has been hired by former UW Italian major Ari Manzin of Bianco-Rosso Imports. Her part-time job as an administrative assistant allows her to use her skills gained as a business student, and the company's Italian ties are a definite perk. She is very interested in working abroad in the future and hopes that her combination of studies will open diverse career doors. "I chose business because... Read more
Anna Schaffer in Peace Corps training, pictured at far left
May 2, 2012
After graduating in summer 2011 from the UW with majors in French and International Studies, Anna Schaffer was accepted for a Youth Development position in the Peace Corps in Morocco. She is currently training near Fes, and will start her position in one month. In her own words, "Since I have not learned enough Moroccan Arabic yet, French has proved very useful for communicating!" 
Anne Latowskey
January 31, 2012
Anne Latowsky received her Ph.D. in French Studies from the University of Washington in 2004. She wrote her dissertation under the direction of the late Eugene Vance, who continued to provide crucial support long after her graduation. She also worked with Denyse Delcourt and Robert Stacey, who generously allowed her to take his year-long training course for medieval historians. She is currently Assistant Professor of French at the University of South... Read more