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Valentin Duquet is a PhD Candidate and Assistant Instructor in French Studies at UT Austin. He was born in Montbéliard in Eastern France and holds an MA from Syracuse University.

Combining Cultural History and Political Geography, his research focuses on the fin-de-siècle period (with a particular interest in Émile Zola) and on the colonial literature of early 20th-century Algeria through a postcolonial lens.

During his coursework, he worked closely with the Middle Eastern Studies department, completing a Graduate Portfolio in Middle Eastern Studies and two years of the intensive Arabic language track.

His most recent peer-reviewed article is published in Contemporary French & Francophone Studies 24.3, a paper which previously won the 2019 “Recherche au Présent” prize at the 20th- and 21st-Century French and Francophone Studies Colloquium.