Brooke Tybush is a dual-title PhD candidate in the departments of French and Francophone Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State. She earned her dual bachelor’s degree in French and History from East Carolina University and continued on to complete her M.A. degree in Modern Foreign Languages with a specialization in French from the University of Tennessee. In Tennessee, she also completed a Master’s thesis focused in foreign language pedagogy which analyzed the effects of video game design on foreign language acquisition. At Penn State, she has engaged in teaching French language as well as French and Francophone literature and culture from the basic to the advanced level. In addition to this, she spent two years teaching English as an instructor in the Département d’Études Anglophones at the Université de Strasbourg in France with courses ranging from beginner-level English speaking to advanced-level culture, literature, and speaking courses. Along with teaching at Penn State, she has worked twice as an assistant language coordinator in the French Basic Language Program.
Brooke is currently completing her dissertation titled “Femmes Galantes, Femmes Savantes: Literary Expressions of Women’s Sexual Mentorship in the long 18th century.” Her research analyzes how woman-to-woman sexual mentorship in 18th-century French and Francophone literature creates a space of resistance to the intersecting oppressions of sexism, racism, and imperialism. Her research interests include eighteenth-century literature, enlightenment studies, gender and sexuality studies, and race and gender in the Francophone world.