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Morgane Haesen

Morgane Haesen

Morgane Haesen


M.A. Penn State
B.A. Indiana University

Professional Bio

Morgane, a native of Belgium, is a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in French and Francophone Studies. Prior to attending Penn State, she obtained her teaching license and taught high school in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she likewise earned a B.A. in French from Indiana University. She came to Penn State in 2015 and earned her M.A. in 2017.
Her current research aims to understand how individuals strategically negotiate border changes and migration processes. Engaging with questions of self-representation and expression, gender, ethnicity, and historical methodology, she specializes in 19th-through 21st-century life writings, namely, diaries, memoirs, and autobiographies, in contested borderland spaces. Her dissertation, entitled “An Ever-Bleeding Heart: Life Writings in the Alsace-Lorraine Borderland, 1870-1920,” examines how the inhabitants of this Franco-German borderland privately expressed their reactions to cultural and political upheaval brought about by: the Franco-Prussian War, the German annexation of Alsace-Lorraine, World War I, and the borderland’s reintegration into France in 1918.
Morgane has taught sixteen sections as an instructor of record at Penn State. Courses range from first-semester language classes, to designing and teaching 200-level oral communication classes and a 300-level French history survey class, as well as teaching several lecture classes in English on French and Francophone history and culture. Her other pedagogical experiences include co-developing a new curriculum for the department’s basic language program, coordinating graduate teaching assistants for several years, and serving as a teaching assistant for a residential and embedded course on France and the Holocaust.
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