Sarah Gamalinda

Credentials: PhD Candidate in French


650 Van Hise Hall


  • BA, Amherst College, 2014


My research focuses on representations of race and reading the materiality of the racialized body through textual, visual, and aural forms in contemporary French and francophone literature and cinema. Interests also include: postcoloniality, Transatlantic Black Studies, authorship, disability and feminist pedagogies, and racial literacy.


Race Shapes: Racial In/Visibility in Contemporary French and Francophone Literature and Cinema (tentative)


  • FRE 101 (Instructor, Head TA)
  • FRE 102 (Instructor)
  • FRE 312 (“Advanced Composition and Conversation,” Co-Instructor)
  • FRE 314 (“Contemporary Issues in Government, Organizations, and Enterprise,” Reader/Grader)
  • FRE 322 (“Introduction to Literature of Modernity,” Guest Teacher)
  • AFRICAN 303 (“The Films and Novels of Ousmane Sembène,” Guest Teacher)
  • AFRICAN 303 (“Soccer in Africa,” Reader/Grader)
  • AFRICAN 210 (“The African Storyteller,” Teaching Assistant)


  • “Tokens, Taboos, and Tapes: Reading Race in Virginie Despentes’s Vernon Subutex.” Graduate Association of French and Italian Students (GAFIS) Symposium. Madison, WI. April 2021.
  • “A Study of Surfaces: Race and Material Traces of the Metaphorical in La Noire de… by Ousmane Sembene.” Departmental Research Seminar for French and Italian. Madison, WI. February 2021.
  • “Fragility of Ability: Cripping Diversity to Enable Inclusive Action in a (Post-)Covid World.” UW Annual Diversity Forum. Madison, WI. October 2020.
  • “Blinking at Blinky: The Plurality of Perspectives Reflected and Refracted in Little Man Little Man by James Baldwin and Yoran Cazac.” Childhoods of Color Conference. Madison, WI. September 2019.
  • “Wait, wait don’t tell me: Arbitrary, Motivated and Believable Discourse in La Princesse de Clèves.” Graduate Association of French & Italian Students (GAFIS) Symposium. Madison, WI. April 2017.


  • Allen, H. W. & Gamalinda, S. “Making Podcasts in the Collegiate French Writing Course.” CALICO Journal special issue Innovation and Creation: Harnessing the Maker Movement in CALL. vol. 37, no. 2. (2021).