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Alexa Rae Barger

Ph.D. Student

E-mail: abarger@ucla.edu Office: Royce Hall B12 Fields of interest: 19th-21st century French literature • Afro-diasporic women writers • Southern France

Alexa Rae Barger is a graduate student in the French and Francophone Studies department. She received a B.A. in Transcultural Francophone Studies (with a minor in Spanish) from Mills College and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from San Francisco State University. Her research focuses on novels, memoirs, and criticism by women writers from Africa and its diasporas in the Caribbean and metropolitan France. She is especially drawn to global bonds among Black feminist critics in Anglophone and Francophone contexts.

More broadly, she explores expressions and examinations of cultural and regional identities in metropolitan France. Since 2016, she has studied and traveled primarily in France’s southern region, from Bordeaux to Aix-en-Provence. She is interested in the histories and cultures that have emerged throughout Southern France, the region’s centuries of transnational and intercultural connections, and the artistic and culinary legacies that continue to develop as a result of these relationships.

She has studied literature in French, Spanish, and Italian, and plans to study Catalan, modern Occitan, and Haitian Creole during her time at UCLA.

Expanded research interests: 19th-21st century French-language literature; narratives of migration and exile; women writers of Africa and its diasporas; Black feminism and Afroféminisme; Southern France; Atlantic studies; Mediterranean studies; food, culture, and identity


  • M.A. Comparative Literature, San Francisco State University, 2020
  • B.A. Transcultural Francophone Studies, minor in Spanish and Spanish American Studies, Mills College, 2018


Interviews with Ana Bayat, Marie Ostby, Amin Moghadam, and Shirin Vossoughi on With a Trace: Documenting and Sharing the Experiences of the Iranian Diaspora.

“Media Matters: discussing journalism in the age of Trump with Aboubakr Jamaï.” The Campanil, 11 March 2017.


  • “Memory, Text, and Power: Ken Bugul, Edward Said, and Colonial Education.” Portals: A Journal of Comparative Literature, vol. 16, Spring 2019.
  • “Slavery and Black Womanhood in Post-Abolition Literature.” Mills Academic Research  Journal, Spring 2017.