Sandrine Rajaonarivony

Ph.D. student, French and Francophone Studies
Program Director of La Maison Francophone at Gregory College House
  • M.A in French and English Literature, Charles University, School of Education Prague, Czech Republic (Exchange student)
  • M.A  in French and Comparative Literature, Université de Nantes, France
  • Double B.A  in French Literature (Lettres modernes) and English Language, Literature and Civilizations (LLCE), Université de Nantes, France
As a PhD student in French and Francophone Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Sandrine F. Rajaonarivony's research interests include the study of authors and artists from the diaspora, as well as postcolonialism issues pertaining more broadly to the French-speaking world. Born in Madagascar but raised in France, she is especially interested in the intersections between gender and race and questions of racism. She also serves as the Program Director of the Maison Francophone at Gregory College House. Her current research projects include an article on the Modern Figures of Medea in Alice Diop's 'Saint Omer' (2022) and Leila Slimani's 'Chanson Douce' (2019), as well as an ongoing research project on the role played by rap music in social justice protest in modern-day France.
Prior to coming to Penn, she was a French Language Teaching Assistant at Franklin and Marshall College ( Lancaster, PA, USA), a French Language Intern at ARK Kings Academy (Birmingham, UK) and a Course Leader at EF Education First Summer Camps (England and Malta).  She also taught French Literature to Baccalaureate candidates at Institut Saint-Dominique (Nantes, France).  

Sandrine is passionate about education, diversity, equity and all social justice issues. She is also an artist (a self-taught singer and painter).
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Office Location: 
Williams Hall 537
Office Hours: 
Fall 2023: Thursday 11am -12pm
Research Interests: 
  • Africana Studies 
  • Post-colonialism
  • Racism
  • Intersections between Gender and Race
  • Francophonie
  • Madagascar
Courses Taught: 
  • French 300: Intermediate French I