About Laure

I am an assistant professor of French at Bentley University. I received a B.A. in French and Film Studies from the University of California at Berkeley in 2008 and a Ph.D in French from Columbia University in 2016.

My research interests include French and francophone film of the 1950s and 1960s; twentieth-century and contemporary French film, 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.

My book manuscript provides the first extensive demonstration of the status and significance of ethnography in the cutting-edge 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 decolonization of the French empire. This project has received support from the Phi Beta Kappa Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship.