Jonathan Gosnell

Professor of French Studies

Jonathan Gosnell

Contact & Office Hours

Fall 2021
On sabbatical

Tyler Annex 202



Ph.D., M.A., New York University

B.A., Brown University


Jonathan Gosnell teaches language at all levels and topics in contemporary society and culture. His research examines articulations of French identity outside of metropolitan France, as constructed in the colonial and postcolonial world. It explores French designs of empire, Europe and the Americas, from the 17th century to today. He is the author of The Politics of Frenchness in Colonial Algeria, 1930–1954 and Franco-America in the Making: The Creole Nation Within. His articles have appeared in The French ReviewContemporary French CivilizationFrench Cultural StudiesFrench Politics, Culture & SocietyQuébec Studies, and Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He sits on the editorial board of French Colonial History.

Gosnell directed the Smith Junior Year Abroad for International Studies program in Geneva in 2006–07, 2010–11 and 2012–13.

Selected Publications

“La France d’outre-mer: rêves coloniaux d’hier et réalités postcoloniales d’aujourd’hui” in La France contemporaine: unité et diversités, polarisations et solidarités. Sous la direction de Michel Gueldry et Armelle Crouzières-Ingenthron. AATF, Volume 2 (2020).

“Le Base ball, Assimilation and Ethnic Identity: The National Pastime in Franco-America.” Québec Studies, Volume 66, Number 4 (Winter 2018): 49-75.

“Franco-American Cultures in a New World Perspective.”  French Politics, Culture and Society, Volume 30, Number 3 (Winter 2012): 96-118.

“Unmasking the Creole Cowboy: Cosmopolitan Cultures in the Gulf South.”  The French Review, Volume 85, Number 5 (April 2012): 916-928.

“The Alliance Française, Empire and America.”  French Cultural Studies, Volume 19, Number 2 (June 2008): 227-43.