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Jonathan Gosnell was an undergraduate at Brown University and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in French Studies from New York University. He has taught French language and contemporary culture at Smith since 1996.
Professor Gosnell's research interests include French designs of empire, Europe and the Americas and the development of postcolonial cultures in the francophone world. He is the author of The Politics of Frenchness in Colonial Algeria, 1930-1954, as well as articles that have appeared in the academic journals Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (CSSAAME), Contemporary French Civilization, French Cultural Studies and The French Review. He is currently working on a cultural history of diasporic French and francophone groups in the United States.
Gosnell has directed the Smith Junior Year for International Studies program in Geneva, Switzerland three times, in 2006-07, 2010-11, and 2012-13.