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Eric Disbro

Eric Disbro

Dual PhD candidate in French and Francophone Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



  1. M.A. French and Francophone Studies, Penn State – 2018
  2. B.A. French, Spanish, Art History, Nazareth College of Rochester – 2016


Eric Disbro is a fourth-year dual-degree PhD candidate in French and Francophone and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Prior to his arrival at Penn State, he earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in French, Spanish, and Art History from Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. Eric earned his M.A. from Penn State in 2018. His research focuses on comparative approaches to francophone literatures, especially literatures of the Indian Ocean and French Polynesia, as well as queer/trans-inclusive methods and pedagogies. Critically, his work engages questions of queer and trans embodiment, maritime epistemologies such as archipelagic studies, and how this intersection of approaches comes to intervene upon questions of literary (re)worlding. Eric has also taught and designed a wide variety of courses at Penn State including French language courses (beginner to advanced levels) and survey courses on topics such as early modern French and Francophone culture and French and Francophone literatures from the Age of Revolutions to the present.