Curriculum vitae
Elizabeth Ann Vitanza


Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles             

"Rewriting the Rules of the Game: Jean Renoir in America, 1940-1947"                       

MA in French and Francophone Studies, UCLA                                                                

June 2003 

Thesis:  Boule de suif: genre et sacrifice
Advisor: Professor Eric Gans

BA in French, summa cum laude with honors in French, Ohio State University 2001
Senior Honors Thesis:
 La Solidarité et les voix en désaccord: Camus et ses critiques
Advisor: Professor Danielle Marx-Scouras

Areas of Teaching and Scholarly Interest
19th century novel; realism and naturalism
French cinema
French cultural studies

Professional Experience
Lecturer, Mount Saint Mary's College, Los Angeles 
Teaching two courses, intro to French and advanced conversation
Teaching assistant, UCLA 
Co-development of course syllabus and materials with professors
Taught  French 41 "French cinema"
"Introduction to Contemporary French Culture"
French 14W (writing course)
Taught French 4 and Beginning Conversation
at Paris Summer Abroad Program in July 2004.
 Lecturer, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles       2005-2006
Develop and implement course syllabus for intermediate French course

“Another Grand Illusion: Jean Renoir’s First Year in America”
"Exile: Mode(s) de'emploi", UCLA

October 10, 2005
"Colonial Trauma, Postcolonial Melancholia:
Theory and Literary Praxis in Frantz Fanon, Marie Chauvet and Edwige Danticat,"
"In Other Wor(l)ds: Crossing Borders,"Indiana University

April 9, 2005
"Colonial Trauma, Postcolonial Melancholia:
Theory and Literary Praxis in Frantz Fanon,Marie Chauvet and Edwige Danticat,"
"Haiti: pays rêvé, pays réel,"UCLA

October 23, 2004
"Boule de suif: genre et sacrifice,"
UCLA Graduate Student Colloquium

October 2003
"La Solidarité et les voix en désaccord :Camus et ses critiques,"
French and Italian Graduate Students Association Annual Conference,
Ohio State University
May 2001


"Another Grand Illusion: Jean Renoir's First Year in America."
The Film Journal no.12 (April 2005)

Fellowships, Honors and Awards
Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award
Dissertation Year Fellowship 2006-07
Thayer Fellow , UCLA Arts Library Special Collections 2006
Thayer Fellow 2004
UCLA Summer Research Mentorship (with Professor Thomas Harrison, Dept. of Italian) 2003
Foreign Language Area Studies grant (German) 2006
Phi Beta Kappa Spring 2001
Huntington Bank Fellowship for Study Abroad 1999

Academic Service
Representative to UCLA Humanities Council       2001-2005

Liaison between French Dept. graduate students and those of other Humanities Departments,
Use Council funds to purchase materials for TA needs according to student consensus

President,UCLA French Graduate Student Association      2002-2006

Coordinate volunteers for various Department committees
Regularly attend faculty meetings as graduate student liaison

Vice-chair, UCLA French Graduate Student Conference   2004-2006

Developed call for papers, sollicited funding and selected panelists while planning annual conference

Chair, UCLA French Graduate Student Conference  2005-2007
Devise call for papers and lead a committee of five to plan annual conference
Editorial Board, Paroles Gelées 2003-07
Select and edit papers for publication as editor and
co-editor of journal that publishes graduate conference proceedings

Professional Membership
Modern Language Association    

Native speaker of English, fluent in French, proficient in German

Computer Skills
Basic web design (Dreamweaver, GoLive, Photoshop) and maintenance, Microsoft Office
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