Mary Anne Lewis Cusato

Assistant Professor of Modern Foreign Languages


  • B.B.A., University of Notre Dame
  • M.A., University of Minnesota
  • Ph.D., Yale University

Areas of Interest / Expertise

Francophone literature, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, postcolonial theory, North Africa, Maghrebi literature and culture, culture industry

Publications / Presentations

  • “La francophonie et la globalisation: Les éditions barzakh et la production littéraire francophone contemporaine du Maghreb » forthcoming in an edited volume from conference proceedings organized by Professor Lisbeth Verstraete Hansen and titled Le monde en français – les littératures francophones dans un espace mondialisé (Fall 2015, pending final editorial approval)
  • “Publishing the Contemporary Roman Maghrébin: Kamel Daoud’s Meursault, contre-enquêteand the Stakes of Localized Literary Production in the Maghreb” forthcoming in a special issue of Contemporary French and Francophone Studies: SITES on “The Contemporary Roman Maghrébin: Aesthetics, Politics, Production 2000-2015” to be published in February 2016

General Interest 

Teaching Statement as Self-Portrait,” published in The Chronicle of Higher Education: Vitae (October 2014)


  • “Madness, Minor and Acute” by Francis VanoyeA Companion to François Truffaut (2013), co-edited by Dudley Andrew (Yale University R. Selden Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature) and Anne Gillain (Wellesley College Professor of French, Emerita), published in the Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Film Directors Series
  •  “Writing on the Screen”: An Interview with Emmanuel Burdeau, published in Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media (December 2009), 50 (1–2), pg. 229–234
  •  “Ronds de fumée: Les poètes ouvriers dans la France de Louis- Philippe” by Jacques Rancière, published in Poetry & Cultural Studies: A Reader (2008), University of Illinois Press, pg. 237–247
  •  “Rimbaud and the Transformation of Social Space” by Kristin Ross, published in Poetry & Cultural Studies: A Reader (2008), University of Illinois Press, pg. 248–265

Selected Distinctions

  • Selected to Participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, coordinated by Professors Joseph Krause and Nabil Boudraa, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR: “Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia: Literature, the Arts, and Cinema since Independence” (June 23–July 11, 2014)
  • Thomas E. Wenzlau Faculty Development Award for Development of Francophone Studies Program at Ohio Wesleyan University and Research on World Literature (Summer 2014)
  • Theory to Practice Grant awarded to supervise student research in Martinique and Guadeloupe (Spring 2014)
  • Les Glycines centre d’études diocésain Fellow, Algiers, Algeria (Summer 2013)
  • Yale University Dissertation Fellowship (Fall 2012, Spring 2013)
  • Featured in Yale Graduate School Newsletter’s Student Research Profile (Fall 2012)
  • Admitted to Harvard University’s Annual Institute of World Literature at Istanbul Bilgi University (Summer 2012; declined in order to attend the CIEF Conference and conduct independent research)
  • John F. Enders Research Fellowship (Summer 2011)
  • Yale University French Department Conference Travel Award (Spring 2010, Spring 2012)
  • Chosen to Teach with the Yale / Beijing Foreign Studies University Intensive Preparation Program for Incoming Graduate Students from China (Summer 2010)
  • Kenneth Cornell Memorial Fund Research Grant (December 2009–January 2010)
  • Yale University Summer Language Institute Fellowship (Summer 2009)

Contact Info


University Hall 204
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3666