Graduate Student Program Assistant

Claire-Marie Brisson

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of French

Claire-Marie Brisson is a doctoral candidate in the Department of French. She also is the Program Co-Director for UVA's January Term in Berlin and Weimar (Germany: Past and Present). She serves as special correspondent to Radio-Canada on issues related to Charlottesville and the alt-right, and also acts as the US correspondent to the non-governmental organization Réseau Québec-Monde.

Claire-Marie's thesis investigates the transnational ideological transfer between Europe and French Canada during the Second World War. Her focus delves into spaces of memory, cultural confluence, and the role of the global Francosphere from 1920 to 1950. 

Areas of research and teaching interests:

  • Social and Cultural History of France (20th and 21st centuries)
  • Social and Cultural History of French North Americans and First Nations (Québec, Franco-Ontarians, Franco-Albertans, Franco-Manitobans, Mi’kmaq, Abenaki, Acadians, Detroit, New England, Louisiana)
  • Radio as Literature
  • Semiotics and Critical Theory
  • Transnational and Global Studies


B.A., University of Michigan - French and Secondary Education

M.A., Wayne State University - French (20th century)

Ph.D., (ABD) The University of Virginia - Francophone Cultural History (France-Canada)