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Aaron is currently pursuing his Ph.D in the French and Francophones Studies Department. He came to Penn State in 2015 and obtained his M.A. in 2017. Throughout his time at Penn State, Aaron as taught a variety of courses throughout the FFS curriculum including FR 1, 2, 3, 137, 201, and 332. His research interests include Postcolonial Studies, Creole Studies, Ecocriticism, and Literary Theory. His dissertation project, entitled “Tourner autour du Mahagony: Marooning Poetics of Martinican Literature,” focuses on the poetic afterlives of marronnage in contemporary Martinican literature and responds broadly to the following questions: 1) How do literary works today remember communities of maroon slaves and the experience of marronage? 2) How do they re-imagine this experience through different aesthetic and textual forms? 3) How do they creatively approach marronage and its history to better understand the legacy of slavery in contemporary societies?