About Laure

I have been Assistant Professor of French at Bentley University since 2017. I hold a Ph.D. in French from Columbia University (2016). I also received a B.A. in French and in Film studies (double major) from the University of California at Berkeley (2008).

I specialize in French cinema of the 1950s and 1960s, with a particular focus on the French New Wave and cinéma vérité. My approach combines film history, film criticism, and cultural studies. Additional research interests include twentieth-century and contemporary French culture and society, documentary cinema, and international cinema.

My articles have appeared in Studies in French Cinema and the edited collection Dans le sillage de Jean Rouch (Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme). My translations have appeared in Romanic Review and KinoKultura. My review of Paul Henley’s L’aventure du réel (Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2020) was recently published by Fiction and Film for Scholars of France.

I am currently preparing a book manuscript which provides the first extensive demonstration of the status and significance of ethnography in innovative French cinema of the 1960s. I study the shift from traditional French visual ethnography to the experimental 1950s films of Jean Rouch, those of the French New Wave, and those of the cinéma vérité documentary tradition. Emphasizing ethnography allows me to provide an original and meaningful re-framing of some of the most famous French films of this period in relation to the dissolution of the French colonial empire. This project has been supported by the Phi Beta Kappa Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship and the Fulbright Fellowship.