Vinay Swamy

Professor of French and Francophone Studies

Vinay Swamy received his doctorate in French Studies with a certificate in Gender Studies from Northwestern University. His teaching and research interests are located in French and Francophone literary and cinematic traditions and their intersection with political and cultural histories, as well as the construction of social identities in contemporary France. He also teaches in the International Studies and Women’s Studies programs. Professor Swamy is the author and editor of several works including Interpreting the Republic (Lexington Books, 2011); Screening Integration (University of Nebraska, 2011); Les Écrans de l'intégration (Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, 2015); and "Legitimizing 'iel'?" (H-France Salon, 2019 vol 11, issue 14). He is also the translator of Through the Keyhole (Manchester University Press, 2016) by Marcela Iacub. In 2021-22, Professor Swamy is pursuing his research on nonbinary gender as a Fulbright Research Scholar in France.

BA, Denison University; BA, Open University UK; MA, Miami University-Oxford; PhD, Northwestern University
At Vassar since 2007


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Box 46

Selected Publications

Legitimizing ‘iel’? Language and Trans communities in Francophone and Anglophone Spaces,”  a special online issue of H-France Salon (Volume 11, issue 14), co-edited with Louisa Mackenzie (University of Washinton, Seattle). 

Marcela Iacub, Trans. Vinay Swamy, Through the Keyhole: A History of Sex, Space and Public Modesty in Modern France (Manchester University Press, 2016).

Les Écrans de l'intégration : l'immigration maghrébine dans le cinéma français (Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, 2015) co-edited with Sylvie Durmelat (Georgetown University).

Screening Integration: Recasting Maghrebi Immigration in Contemporary France (University of Nebraska Press, 2011), co-edited with Sylvie Durmelat (Georgetown University).

Interpreting the Republic: Marginalization and Belonging in Contemporary French Novels and Films (Lexington Books, 2011).