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Marie-Pierre Ulloa is a lecturer in the Comparative Literature Department, teaching French and Francophone cultural and intellectual history, with a focus on France, North Africa, and the American West. She is a faculty affiliate of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, the Mediterranean Studies Forum, the Europe Center, and the EHESS in Paris (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales).
She is the author of Francis Jeanson, a Dissident Intellectual from the French Resistance to the Algerian War (Stanford University Press, 2008, also published in French and Arabic), and of Le Nouveau rêve américain. Du Maghreb à la Californie, (CNRS éditions, Paris, 2019).
She is the co-founder of the Stanford Global Studies Summer Festival (2008) and the founder of the undergraduate short story contest (2014) sponsored by the Taube Center for Jewish Studies.
She received the honorific distinction of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the French Republic in 2013.
She holds a M.A and an Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in History (summa cum laude) from Sciences Po Paris, where she wrote her dissertation on intellectual dissidence from World War II to post-Algerian War through the case study of philosopher Francis Jeanson, publisher of Frantz Fanon's Black Skin, White Masks.
She wrote her thesis on North African migration and migrant stories from North Africa to California: "From North Africa to California: migrant trajectories, integration narratives" at the EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Paris, Ph.D, summa cum laude), published by CNRS éditions in 2019 under the title : Le Nouveau Rêve Américain. Du Maghreb à la Californie [The New American Dream: From North Africa to California].
Her thesis is the first history of immigrants of North African origin in California. It traces the multiple trajectories of these migrants, many of them French citizens or having dual or triple citizenships, navigating between three cultures (Maghrebi, French, and Californian). She studied these migrant narratives from a cultural, historical, and sociological perspective. Unlike many other immigrant communities, North African immigration in California is a complex case of a triangulation between the mother country, the host country, and the country of the ex-colonizer. In many instances, immigrants of Muslim or Jewish cultures become the vectors of French cultural influence in California, such as in the food and hospitality business. The cachet of the valued French culture gives them significant symbolic capital. But the France and the Maghreb to which they lay claim are imaginary spaces rife with stereotypes and clichés, and the immigrants’ saga highlights the “bricolage” of their plural identity.
Trained in an interdisciplinary approach to the humanities, the arts and the social sciences, she has written an intellectual biography of the existentialist philosopher Francis Jeanson, Francis Jeanson, A Dissident Intellectual, from the French Resistance to the Algerian War (SUP, 2008). She analyzed Jeanson’s trajectory as Sartre’s protégé, close collaborator at Les Temps Modernes, publisher at Editions du Seuil, notably of Frantz Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks, and the leader of the “porteurs de valises” during the Algerian War of Independence.
She is also involved in research in the digital humanities: she has initiated the transfer of the digital archives of world-renowned French-Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitaï to the Stanford libraries, and she has been working with her colleagues in the libraries on turning his archive into a digital humanities and arts project now available online: exhibits.stanford.edu/gitai.
She is a regular contributor to La Vie des Idées / Books and Ideas.
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