About Laure

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

My primary research focus is French cinema of the 1950s and 1960s (the ethnographic films of Jean Rouch, the French New Wave, and cinéma vérité).

In my book manuscript tentatively titled The Ethnographic Optic in 1960s French Cinema: Jean Rouch, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais, I probe the role of imperial ethnography in shaping innovative French cinema of the 1960s. Through the lens of ethnography, I reframe and reexamine a sub-set of famous and lesser-known 1960s French films 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.

In addition to developing this project, I’ve published scholarly articles in Studies in French Cinema and in 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 most recent activity–an event with Aftershocks author Nadia Owusu and a piece on director Nora Martirosyan’s Should the Wind Drop in the LA Review of Books–is guided by my belief in the importance of making cultural creation and its scholarly analysis accessible to a broader public.