Teresa Villa-Ignacio is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies. Her research explores contemporary poetic and translational interventions in ethical philosophy, postcolonial liberation movements, discourses of globalization, and social justice activism. Her current book project, Translational Poethics: French-American Postlyric Communities Since World War II, examines the centrality of ethics in relations of translation and collaboration among France- and U.S.-based contemporary poets. Her related podcast Sounding Translation features interviews with poet-translators. Villa-Ignacio has co-edited Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics (Stanford University Press, 2016) and Traduire le Maghreb/Translating the Maghreb, a special issue of Expressions Maghrébines, (15.1, Summer 2016). A Fulbright scholar and recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, she holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Brown University, and has taught in the History and Literature Program at Harvard University, the Romance Studies Department at Boston University, and in the Departments of French and Italian and English at Tulane University.


  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Brown University
  • M.A., Comparative Literature, Brown University
  • M.A., French Cultural Studies, Columbia University
  • B.A., English and French, DePaul University

Courses Taught

  • Elementary French I & II
  • Intermediate French I & II
  • Perspectives in French Language and Culture II
  • Conversation and Composition: Autobiography
  • Francophone Postcolonial Studies
  • Francophone Gender Studies
  • Francophone Globalization Studies
  • Multicultural France

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Website

Edited Volumes

  • Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics. Stanford University Press, 2016. Co-edited with Olivia. C. Harrison.
  • Traduire le Maghreb/Translating the Maghreb. Special issue of Expressions Maghébines, co-edited with Olivia C. Harrison. 15.1 (Summer 2016).

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • "Postcolonial Disgust in Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine's Nausée noire." Forthcoming in Yale French Studies.
  • “Decolonizing Violence: Revolutionary Affinities Between the U.S. Black Power Movement and the Moroccan Journal Souffles.” Journal of North African Studies 23: 1-2 (2018) 13-33.
  • “Responsibility, Foreignness, Intimacy: Embodying Ethical Subjectivity in Emmanuel Levinas, Edmond Jabès, and Rosmarie Waldrop.” Modern Language Notes. 131.5 (December 2016): 1295-1324.
  • “Apocalypse and Poethical Daring in Etel Adnan’s There: In the Light and the Darkness of the Self and of the Other.” Contemporary Literature 55.2 (Summer 2014): 304-35.

Additional Publications

Translation as Milestone: Mon Emily Dickinson and New Avenues for Difference in France.” Poetry’s Social Forms. Post45 Contemporaries. April 25, 2019.

“‘L’Art de combat’: Résonances entre Souffles et la poésie militante aux États-Unis.” Retours à Souffles: Commémoration de la Cinquantenaire de la revue. Casablanca: Éditions du Sirocco, 2016, 301-10.

Decolonizing Culture: What a leftist Moroccan journal from the 60s can teach us about today’s cultural crises.” Guest Blog Post. Co-authored with Olivia C. Harrison. Stanford University Press Blog. Stanford University Press, 1 December 2015.

"Souffles-Anfas." The Literary Encyclopedia. Co-authored with Olivia C. Harrsion. Published 17 September 2013

“Aimancipation.” Abdelkébir Khatibi: Literature & Theory. Dartmouth College, November 7-8, 2019.

“Translating Community: Language Poetry, the Royaumont Collective Translation Seminars, and Un Bureau sur l’Atlantique.” Department of American Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich, Germany, 7 June 2017.

“La Perception posthumaniste: Cole Swensen et Suzanne Doppelt. L’Humanisme de l’autre: Un colloque pluridisciplinaire.  Columbia Global Centers, Paris, France. 12 May 2017.

“L’Art de Combat: Résonances entre Souffles-Anfas et la poésie américaine d’aujourd’hui.” Commémoration du cinquentenaire de la création de la revue Souffles.  Rabat, Morocco, 7-9 April 2016.

“Posthuman Ethics in Cole Swensen, Suzanne Doppelt, and Pierre Alféri.” Poetry and Poetics Program, University of Chicago. Chicago, IL, 18 February 2016.