GradFUTURES | French & Italian

This page has been developed by GradFUTURES for graduate students, faculty, staff and graduate alumni within the Department of French & Italian to provide curated professional development information and resources.

GradFUTURES Departmental Profiles

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…

Pierre Azou, GS, FIT
Social Impact Fellow

Pierre Azou is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of French and Italian. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (2012) and a master’s degree in Public Affairs (2014) from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po.), as well as a master’s degree in French Literature from the Université La Sorbonne-Paris IV (2017).


André Benhaïm
Professor, Department of French & Italian

"The leadership and opportunities promoted by GradFutures provide students with invaluable practical tools that will help them magnify their professional potential."

Natalie Berkman *18, FIT
Responsable Ingénierie Pédagogique (Instructional Design Manager), ESSEC Business School

"Organizing the first Grad Student Career Meetup helped me to start picturing myself doing other things, and now I am happily managing academics at a creative media school in Paris."

Elisabeth Bloom, GS, FIT
University Administrative Fellow

"Beyond the university level, there are so many different settings in which we as Princeton graduate students will be able to thrive post-graduation... As a University Administrative Fellow, I organized a panel for the 2023 GradFUTURES forum that will celebrate independent-school teaching as a post-Ph.D. career option."

Flora Champy
Assistant Professor of French

Flora Champy joined the Department of French and Italian as an Assistant Professor of French in September 2018. She holds a dual PhD in French Literature from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon and Rutgers University. Her research focuses on eighteenth-century French political literature and philosophy, with special interests in classical…

Isabelle Chen, GS, FIT
University Administrative Fellow

"Being a Fellow with GradFUTURES has helped me to develop a wide range of transferable skills, from administrative organization to event planning to building a professional network—skills equally applicable within and outside of tenure-track academia. This bridging across professional ‘boundaries' also happens to be a key objective of my fellowship: in enhancing and broadening the existing relationship between GradFUTURES and Princeton University Press, we aim to provide publishing resources for students on a number of different paths, including those hoping to publish their own academic work and those interested in pursuing a career in publishing."

Sophie Chopin, GS, FIT
University Administrative Fellow

Sophie is a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of French and Italian. She also participated as a University Administrative Fellowship with the Financials Team in the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School. Working with André Benhaim, she is interested in the obsolescence of urban space, considering how contemporary literature views the modernization of cities as a ruin-producing phenomenon.