Barbara Boyer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Modern Languages & Literature—French

A native of France, Professor Boyer holds a B.A. in English and one in French as a Foreign Language from the University of Aix-en-Provence, an M.A. in French Literature from Texas Tech University, and a PhD in French and Francophone Studies from the University...

Portrait of Barbara Boyer, Associate Professor of Modern Languages & Literature—French

Contact Information

  • Spring 2019
    Mondays, 9-10 a.m.
    Wednesdays 9-10 a.m.
    Fridays, 9-10 a.m. & 1-2 p.m.

  • +1 5093133882

Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. University of Southern California LA, French and Francophone Literature and Culture

M.A. University of Southern California LA, French and Francophone Literature and Culture

M.A. Texas Tech University, French

B.A. Université d'Aix-Marseille, French as a Foreign Language and English

Courses Taught

FREN 101 Elementary French I

FREN 102 Elementary French II

FREN 201 Intermediate French I

FREN 202 Intermediate French II

FREN 323 French Literature "Le Paris de Contrastes"

FREN 327 French Literature "L'Existentialisme"

FREN 340 French Culture "La France d'aujourd'hui"


A native of France, Professor Boyer holds a B.A. in English and one in French as a Foreign Language from the University of Aix-en-Provence, an M.A. in French Literature from Texas Tech University, and a PhD in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Southern California.  In 2003, she received the Award for Excellence in Teaching from USC.  Professor Boyer teaches French and Francophone literature and culture, and all levels of language classes. Her research focuses on Postcolonialism and the intertwined histories of North Africa and France, as well as French popular culture, and current social and political events. Dr. Boyer has published on issues related to immigration from Maghreb, and on national identities in France. Another major part of her publication focuses on language teaching and second language acquisition through literature.

"Structure titrologique et fracture identitaire dans trois œuvres littéraires d'expression française sur l'immigration maghrébine." L"Érudit franco-espagnol, vol. 9, 2016, 25-42.

"Pedagogical Strategies for a Colonial Approach to Francophone Literature: The Case Study of 'The Stranger' by Albert Camus." Institute of Language and Communication Studies, vol. 18 (2012), 2743-50.

"Snobism et vêtement de luxe: la banlieue est-elle en train de perdre ses marques?" Equinoxes, vol. 9, 2007.