Martine Wagner

Associate Professor of French

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Dr. Martine Wagner is an associate professor of French in the department of World Languages at the University of South Florida. She joined the USF Tampa campus in Fall 2022. She previously worked at the St Petersburg campus since 2003 after completing her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Paris IV, Sorbonne in 2002. She is also agrégée of Modern Letters.

She teaches courses in French language, Francophone cultures and literature. She has received teaching awards from the USF St Petersburg campus and the College of Arts and Sciences as well as a USF Global Achievement Award Honorary Mention for her commitment to global awareness and education.

As the world languages coordinator for many years, she co-created minors and a major in languages and coordinated study abroad programs in Nice, France and Salamanca, Spain. She has been the French Club advisor and a mentor for world languages interns. She has also been co-director and a screener for the Tampa Bay Latin Film Festival, a member of the Sunscreen Latin Film Committee and a screener for the Saint Petersburg Sunscreen Film Festival for several years. She is an active member of the Tampa Bay Union des Français de l’étranger and the Tampa Bay Latin Film network. 

Her research interests include Francophone women writers, foreign Resistors during World War II in France and French immigrant literature and film. In her book Les écrivaines francophones en liberté (2007), Wagner used a cognitive linguistic approach to analyze the styles of Francophone women writers from Guadeloupe, Algeria, Cameroon and the Algerian immigration in France (Maryse Condé, Assia Djebar, Calixthe Beyala, and Farida Belghoul). In 2018, she was also the editor of a special issue of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Portuguese Diaspora on cultural contributions of Portuguese immigration in France.

She has published articles in Women in French Studies; The French Review; Contemporary French and Francophone Studies; Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies; Nouvelles études francophones and Expressions Maghrébines. Wagner has also contributed to a variety of book collections including Intersecting Portuguese Diasporic Boundaries: Text, Context and Intertext (2015); Hexagonal Variations: Diversity, Plurality and Reinvention in Contemporary France (2011) and Perennial Empire: Postcolonial, Transnational, and Literary Perspectives (2011).  She is a book reviewer for The French Review. Her current book project explores the cultural contributions of Portuguese immigration in France since World War I.