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PhD Career Opportunities

PhD in Francophone Studies from UL sets you on a course toward success, however you define it for yourself. Our program has produced scholars, filmmakers, authors, educators, curators, and experts in cultural heritage preservation. Graduates of our PhD program are engaged in a wide array of professional endeavors.

Higher Education

Our unique program prepares you for a career in higher education. With a PhD in Francophone Studies from UL, you will enter the highly competitive academic job market with specialized training in research, teaching, and professional skills. The French faculty consists of a diverse group of scholars who bring a wide array of expertise and who are committed to providing excellent mentorship of PhD candidates in both scholarship and teaching. In addition to excellent academic training, you will also have opportunities to develop as a professional through workshops and one-on-one mentoring.


Our program's flexibility allows doctoral students to work on innovative dissertation research topics. Your committee works closely with you to help you develop the research skills that will last a lifetime and propel you into a wider variety of career options.


You will gain experience teaching and hone your skills in the classroom. The skills you develop as an instructor are adaptable to a wide range of professional possibilities and prepare you for a world in which communication and interpersonal management abilities are in high demand.

Choose your path!

Careers in teaching, international business, translation, and government service require the cultural and historical awareness, reading, writing, analytical, and argumentative skills that you acquire while completing your PhD in Francophone Studies. Potential employers include international aid agencies, international schools, intelligence and law enforcement agencies, import/export companies, foreign firms operating in US, travel agencies, and universities.

Recent graduates of our PhD program are pursuing careers that include:

  • Teaching French in the US or teaching in France
  • Working in tourism and cultural heritage
  • Directing historical and cultural sites
  • Making films
  • Opening small businesses
  • Working as professional writers, artists, and musicians
  • Serving in educational leadership in traditional and immersion settings
  • Pursuing advanced degrees in a variety of fields, including folklore, historic preservation, and French and Francophone Studies

All of our graduates and current students are actively participating in the preservation of French and Francophone heritage in Louisiana.

Venez faire partie du futur francophone louisianais !



Fabrice Leroy, Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée

Professor Fabrice Leroy contributed two lengthy chapters to Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée: Dictionnaire esthétique et thématique, edited by Thierry Groensteen, the leading French expert on comics and graphic novels. Published by Robert Laffont Editions in Paris in collaboration with the Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l'Image, this 928-page reference work contains in-depth essays from over 40 international scholars who examined a variety of comics-related notions, including historical movements, publishing trends, subgenres, aesthetic and formal devices, themes, and correlations with cultural history. Each entry of this volume is illustrated by an original drawing from renowned French cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. This publication is a flagship event of the French Ministry of Culture’s “Année de la Bande Dessinée,” which coordinates various museum and library exhibitions, as well as festivals across France, in a celebration of comics as an art form (January 2020-June 2021). Fabrice Leroy’s contributions to this volume are devoted to detective fiction (“Polar”) and to the depiction of everyday life in graphic novels (“Quotidien”).