Jocelyn Frelier, Ph.D.

Jocelyn Frelier is an Assistant Professor of French. She received her PhD from the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in addition to a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies. She joined Sam Houston State University in the fall of 2018.

Dr. Frelier’s research primarily engages 21st century literature, film and cultural studies. She combines her primary texts with questions related to family, immigration, and transnationalisms. She is currently working on her first book, Transforming Family, which will articulate the need to re-center analyses of kinship in the field of migration studies. Throughout the book, she shows how the alternate familial structures presented by cultural products open up the possibility of developing new frameworks for contemplating family..

Research interests

  • 21st Century Literature and Film
  • Gender Studies
  • Transnational Theory
  • Family Studies
  • Migration

Selected Publications

“Dear Dad: Laila Lalami and the Moroccan-American Dream.” The Journal of the African Literature Association. Under consideration.

 “Chosen Brotherhood in Abdellah Taïa’s Celui qui est digne d’être aimé.” Contemporary French & Francophone Studies, vol. 23, no. 5, 2019. Forthcoming.

 “Feminist Theories of Development in Farida Benlyazid’s Double-Bildungstory, La vida perra de Juanita Narboni (2005).” Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures, vol. 73, no. 3, 2019, pp. 156-71. 

 “Surrogacy: Temporary Familial Bonds and the Bondage of Origins in Fouad Laroui’s Une année chez les Français.” The Journal of North African Studies, vol. 24, no. 2, 2019, pp. 300-26.

 Book Chapters

“#FamiliesBelongTogether and Academic Community Engagement: Teaching Migration through Service Learning.” Under consideration.

 Public Scholarship

“Asylum Literature in America in the Age of Refugee Bans.” Under consideration.

 “Cultivating Empathy and Humility: A Conversation with Laila Lalami, Author of The Other Americans.” World Literature Today, vol. 93, no. 4, 2019, pp. 14-17.

Recent Conferences

Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand. “Boat Mothering – Thi Bui and Kim Thúy, A Comparative Analysis”

University of Houston’s (Re)membering Africa. “Embodied Exile – Gender, Illness and Fawzia Zouari’s Ce pays dont je meurs (1999)”

South Atlantic Modern Language Association 90 Conference. “Gender and Politics of the Body in Migrant Narrative” 

 African Literature Association – North African Caucus. “The Transnational Family – Undoing National and Linguistic Identity in Vázquez’s (1976) and Benlyazid’s (2005) La vida perra de Juanita Narboni

Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. “Interrogating the Contemporary Bildung: Making Sense of Alternate Protagonists”

American Comparative Literature Association – Annual Meeting. “Surrogacy and the Post-postcolonial Bildungsroman in Laroui’s Une année chez les Français”​