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Elyse Brusher

Ph.D. Candidate

E-mail: ebrusher@g.ucla.edu Office: Royce Hall B12 Fields of interest: 18th- and 19th-century French literature (novels), Gender Studies, Disability Studies, Narratology

Elyse Brusher is a Ph.D. Candidate in French & Francophone Studies in the Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies and 2022 recipient of the Josephine DeKarman Fellowship. Her dissertation, entitled “Sentimentalism and Transgression: Disability in Nineteenth-Century French Women’s Novels (1815-1890)” explores the representation of physical and mental disability in nineteenth-century novels written by French women. She has conducted archival research at the Biblioth que Nationale de France, for which she received a Lenart Travel Fellowship and a Center for European and Russian Studies Pre-Dissertation Travel Fellowship at UCLA.

When she is not teaching or researching, or working on campus, Elyse spends her time working in development & fundraising and translation services at Freedom House Detroit, a non-profit organization located in her home state of Michigan that serves individuals seeking humanitarian protection.


  • C. Phil. French & Francophone Studies: University of California, Los Angeles, 2020
  • B.A. French Language and Literature: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Courses commonly taught

Courses taught as a TA

  • GRAD PD 495A (Teaching Assistant Pedagogy Seminar)
  • French 1-6 (hybrid and online)
  • Intensive Intermediate French (4 & 5): Paris Travel Study Program in French Language and Culture

Courses taught as a Lead Instructor

  • Intensive Beginner French (1-3): French 8 (hybrid and online)

Professional Activities

Campus Positions

  • Hammer Museum
    – Student Educator | Fall 2021-present
  • Humanities Technology Division
    – Research and Instructional Technology Consultant | Fall 2021-Spring 2022
  • Andean Working Group
    – Co-Coordinator | Fall 2021-present
  • Center for the Advancement of Teaching
    Graduate Education Development Fellow | Summer 2022-present
    – Teaching Assistant Consultant | September-December 2022
    – Workshop Developer and Facilitator | Summer 2020, Summer 2021
    – Teaching Assistant Consultant | October-December 2020
  • Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC)
    – Program Consultant | Fall 2021-present
    – Graduate Student Orientation Co-Coordinator | Summer 2021, Summer 2022
    – Graduate Student Orientation Registration and Accessibility Co-Coordinator | 2017-2019
  • UCLA Alumni Association
    – Co-Founder and Interim Board Member, UCLA Graduate and Professional Student Alumni (GPSA) Network | 2020-present

Student Groups and Campus Committees

Student Groups

  • UCLA Graduate Student Association (GSA)
    – Director of Administrative Affairs | 2020-2021
    – Chair of voter turnout subcommittee for the Election Board | 2018
    – GSA Forum Representative | 2017-2019
  • Humanities Council
    – Treasurer | 2017-2019
    – French Graduate Student Association Representative | 2016-2019
  • European Language and Transcultural Studies (ELTS) Graduate Student Association
    – President | 2020-2021
  • French & Francophone Studies Graduate Student Association (FGSA)
    – President | 2018-2019
    – Treasurer | 2016-2018

Campus Committees

  • Public Health Compliance and Protocols Work Group Member | Summer 2021
  • French & Francophone Studies Department Immersion Day Planning Committee Co-Coordinator | 2018

Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity

  • InterGrad Dialogue, Creator and Program Coordinator | Fall 2021-present
  • ELTS BLM & EDI Committee Co-Founder and Member | 2020-present