Meet our New FFS Graduate Students!

Meet our New FFS Graduate Students!

Ben Lawlor

Ben Lawlor. Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Ben is an incoming graduate student in French and Francophone studies at Penn State University. He is interested in studying art, specifically music and literature, as a place of memory and a tool for managing trauma in addition to the ways in which music reflects and informs the creation of hybrid identities in post-colonial Francophone cultures. Ben is currently a senior at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he is majoring in French and Computer Science with a minor in Music. Ben is the director of The Colby Eight, an all-male a cappella group at Colby, and serves as President of the Colby Cycling Club as well. In his free time Ben enjoys riding his bike, running, swimming, snowboarding, sailing and hiking as well as writing and producing music with his friends.


Lamine Niang. Lamine has been Student Affairs Coordinator and language instructor at SIT Study Abroad in Dakar since 2018. He teaches Wolof and French to US based undergraduates. He holds an M.A in African and Postcolonial Studies from Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD) in Dakar and works with the African and Postcolonial laboratory at, UCAD. Lamine attended Ecole Normale Superieure, Senegal in 2017. He has taught English in high school and at the International Language Academy in Dakar. His interests revolve around Decoloniality, Critical Race Theory and urban cultures. Lamine has served as Program Coordinator and research assistant for several American universities and US based faculty.

Emily Peebles. A local of North Carolina, Emily currently lives in Nancy, France, finishing her last month as an English language assistant with TAPIF. During her undergrad, Emily studied English Literature and Applied Linguistics at Appalachian State in Boone, NC, before completing an MA in English and Sociolinguistics at NC State in Raleigh, with a thesis on a change from below in progress in Quebec French. At Penn State, Emily will be shifting her focus to French and Francophone literature, especially 20th – 21st century, although she remains interested in language change and variation, as well as language acquisition and pedagogy. Outside of the classroom, when she is not learning new languages, Emily enjoys cooking elaborate meals at home or sketching in coffee shops.


Published: May 25, 2022