Michele L. Gerring

Instructor of French
All FacultyModern Languages

Contact Information
Phone: 724-458-2052
Email: GerringML@gcc.edu

Michele L. Gerring
  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University
  • M.A., Bowling Green State University
  • B.A., Westminster College 
  • Diplôme de français des affaires, 1er degré, Mention bien, Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris, France 
  • Diplôme semestriel de langue et de civilisation françaises, Le Cours de Civilisation française de la Sorbonne, L’Université de la Sorbonne
International Experience
  • 1st Year of M.A. studies in France: l’Université François-Rabelais, Tours, France, through Bowling Green State University
  • Semester-Long Study at Le Cours de Civilisation française de la Sorbonne, through Westminster College/Central College Abroad L’Université de la Sorbonne, Paris, France
  • Study at L’Alliance française, Nice, France
  • The American Association of Teachers of French
  • The Modern Language Association
  • The Midwest Modern Language Association
  • Le Village francophone (French-speaking group, meeting in Erie, PA)
Areas of Expertise
  • French cultural studies
  • Francophone literature
  • Maghrebi-French Studies
  • Beur literature, cinema, and culture
  • Franco-American relations
  • Flaubertian Studies
Courses Taught
  • Intermediate French I (FREN 201)
  • Topics in French and Francophone Studies (FREN 305)
  • Advanced Grammar & Composition (FREN 309)
Selected Research Interests
  • Literary and cinematographic representations of African migration to Europe
  • Scholarly interpretations of the terrorist attacks of 2016 and 2015 in France
  • Québécois Studies
Selected Publications
  • Rev. of Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment, by Yarimar Bonilla, the French Review. (October, 2017, Vol. 91, Issue 1)
  • Rev. of Regeneration through Empire. French Pronatalists and Colonial Settlement in the Third Republic, by Margaret Cook Andersen, French Forum. (Winter, 2017, Vol. 42, Issue 1)
  • Rev. of Vietnam and the Colonial Condition of French Literature, by Leslie Barnes, Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature.  (Summer, 2017, Vol. 41, Issue 2: “Writing 1914-1918: National Responses to the Great War.”) 
Selected Conference Presentations
  • “Cinematic Interpretations of the Outcomes of Civil Rights Marches in France and the U.S., from Ben Yadir’s 2013 La Marche, to DuVernay’s 2014 Selma”, The Contemporary French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, Bloomington, IN, April 6-8, 2017
  • “Perilous Passages in Mediterranea (2015) and Ceuta, douce prison (2013): Representations of Recent Migration from Africa to Europe, with Implications for the Response to the Refugee Crisis in Europe”, The Contemporary French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, St. Louis, MO, March 17-19, 2016 
Other Interests
  • Listening to music in French
  • Other languages: Spanish, German, and Swedish
  • Attending cultural festivals
  • Scandinavian culture
  • Genealogical research
You might be surprised to know…
My hometown, Bemus Point, NY, is close to Celoron, NY, the birthplace of the late actress and comedienne, Lucille Ball. Nearby Jamestown, NY, is home to the Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Museum.