Fredrik Rönnbäck received his Ph.D. in French literature from New York University with a dissertation on the poetics of mourning in the works of Georges Bataille, Michel Leiris and Maurice Blanchot. He also holds an M.A. in literature from Uppsala Universitet. He teaches literature and the history of ideas at multiple campuses in Paris. His current research focuses on the importance of forgery in postwar French politics and aesthetics. He has translated several works by Georges Perec into Swedish and his co-translation, with Matthew Amos, of Pascal Quignard's The Hatred of Music was recently published by Yale University Press. In 2015 he contributed to the exhibition catalogue for Leiris & Co. at Centre Pompidou Metz. He frequently writes about literature for the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.
Course taught: PCC 136 May 68: Politics, Gender, and Cultural Production
Chris Boïcos received his Mphil from the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London in 1982 and studied for two years in the doctoral program of the University of Paris I, Sorbonne. His thesis subject was "The Café-concert, the Fairground and the Circus in French Painting, 1875-1890." He has been teaching art history for American University programs in Paris since 1989 notably for the University of Southern California, the University of Delaware and CUPA a center for American students from Ivy League schools. Chris Boïcos has been involved in the contemporary art world, first as art critic in the 1980’s and then as curator of numerous gallery exhibitions in Paris and abroad. He is founder and partner of the Galerie Beckel Odille Boïcos which opened near the Bastille in 1999. He recently curated an important exhibition of the work of the American painter William Utermohlen (1933-2007) for the Chicago Cultural Center.
Course taught: PCC 125. French Art 1715-1914
Iris Brey received her Ph.D. in French literature and cinema from New York University in 2014. Her dissertation drew its methodology from cultural mythologies, psychoanalytic paradigms, and socio-historical context to decode representations of monstrous mothers in French contemporary film. She has taught European Cinema, French literature and language classes at New York University in Paris. Porfessor Brey is a film and TV series critic. She is part of the short film selection committee at La Semaine de la Critique (Critic’s Week) at the Cannes Festival. She writes about cinema and series for the print magazine Cinemateaser, Soap, a quarterly series magazine, the websites Cheek Magazine and Deuxième Regard. She is also radio and TV journalist, working for France Culture, Sérierama, Radio Campus, and France 24.
Course taught: PCC 135 Faces of the City, Faces of French Cinema
Mariam Habibi received her PhD from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)in 2000 with a dissertation on French Diplomacy in early twentieth century Persia, published by L'Harmattan in 2004. She also holds a DEA in History from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques and an MA in History from the University of London. She is an adjunct professor and thesis director at the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy and has taught with the UC Paris Center program, the American University of Paris, Columbia Unversity at Reid Hall, and New York University in Paris. Her most recent publication, History: a Course Companion, Oxford University Press (in co-authorship), appeared in 2010.
Course taught: PCC 115. Unbound Boundaries: The Idea of Europe and European Integration
Joav Toker studied and taught Communication & Media Studies, International Relations and Diplomacy in the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and Columbia University, New-York. He has taught International Affairs and Diplomacy, “Global Communication”, “Extreme- Crisis Situations: Government and Media” courses and seminars at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po) in Paris and the AGS American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy. He has ‘covered’ and commented for IBA-TV and the International Francophone TV network TV5 major international events: the Middle-East peace process, EU institutions, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the dislocation of the Soviet bloc, the wars in ex-Yugoslavia and the Gulf, international and EU summit meetings, election campaigns in Western Europe, Russia and the US, Art and Film festivals.
Course taught: PCC 117. Media, Politics & Society in France & the EU
Carole VIERS ANDRONICO
Carole Viers-Andronico received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008 with a dissertation applying methodologies from translation studies and philosophies of aesthetics to texts produced by members of the Parisian literary group OULIPO. She is currently Academic Coodinator for the UC Paris Center programs in Global Cities Urban Realities, French Language and Culture and French and European Studies and has taught French language and Parisian Voices In Literature at UC Paris Center program, Comparative Literature courses at the University of California, Los Angeles and California State University, Long Beach, as well as French and Italian Language courses at Tulane University. Her current research seeks to explore how emerging communities and voices from marginalized, often immigrant, backgrounds are represented in cultural products of the contemporary period and how these representations might be undersood in the context of French and Global Studies.
Course taught: PCC 129. Parisian Voices in Literature
The recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for Research in France (topic: The Paris Opera), Christina von Koehler holds an M.A. in Political Economy from Columbia University’s School of International Affairs and an M.Phil in Modern European History from the City University of New York. A former dancer and arts administrator, she has curated and written the catalogues for several exhibitions, including “La Fontaine: The Power of Fables” at the New York Public Library. She has taught history and civilization courses at Baruch College and John Jay College in New York, at the UC Paris Center program, at New York University in Paris, and at the Paris campus of D.C.'s American University. She also lectures on opera and ballet for Stanford University in Paris.
Course taught: PCC 111. Histories of Paris