Yassine Ait Ali, GS, FIT


I'm a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of French & Italian at Princeton University and an Ivy Plus Exchange Scholar in the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University in 2023-2024. I work mainly on critical reception studies, creative adaptation, and intertextuality with a focus on the way artists and writers of FrancophoneAfrica, the Caribbean, and their diasporas engage with classical and canonical works of Europe and the Americas. I taught Languages (Arabic, English, French), Comparative Literature, and Global History at Oxford, Sciences Po, and Princeton. In May 2023, I was awarded the Best of Access, Diversity, and Inclusion prize for Outstanding Divisional Leadership in the Humanities.

Being able to connect with several people and organizations and work collaboratively has always been the key element to any successful enterprise I have undertaken. And being part of the GradFUTURES fellows is the perfect place for mutually enriching connections.

Having organized in Spring 2023 the inaugural Princeton French Film Festival attended by more than 1000 people (including local high school students and teachers), benefiting from GradFUTURES' University Administrative Fellowship with the accompaniment of James Van Wyck is invaluable. It allows me to plan an even more impactful engagement with members of the University and the greater community by developing my Public Humanities skills in collaboration with several local and international organizations and programs, including the Modern Languages Association's Public Humanities Incubator, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and the Department of Film, TV, & New Media of the Villa Albertine, which is part of the French Embassy's Cultural Services and International Artist Residencies.

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