Resident Director 2023-2024
Anne Brancky is the Resident Director of the Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Paris for the 2023-2024 academic year. She is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Vassar College. Her recent teaching and research have focused on literature and crime, visual cultures, autotheory and political self-writing, feminist theory and praxis, and the reciprocal relationship between French-language literature and the popular media in the 20th and 21st centuries. She also teaches in the Women’s Studies and Media Studies Programs. Her work has been published in French Studies, Modern Language Studies, The French Review, Interférences Littéraires and the collected volumes Marguerite Duras et le fait divers (Minard, 2020) and French Cultural Studies for the Twenty-First Century (University of Delaware Press, 2017). Her book on Marguerite Duras and crime writing, The Crimes of Marguerite Duras: Literature and the Media in Twentieth-Century France, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2020. She is currently writing a book on Albertine Sarrazin.
Hannah Gersten is Assistant Director of the Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Paris. Her passion for French language and culture dates back to her junior year abroad with Tufts University which she spent in Paris, taking courses at Sciences Po and living with a French host family. She is a graduate of Columbia University’s M.A. program in History and Literature, located at Reid Hall in Paris, and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, where she earned a Master 2 in French literature. In Paris, Hannah enjoys going to the theatre, running along the Seine, and shopping for antiques.
Sophie Kolesnikov is the Program Coordinator of the Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Paris. She handles all things related to student life in Paris, the VWPP’s cultural program and extracurricular activities. She holds a master’s degree in Geopolitics of the arts and culture from the Sorbonne Nouvelle University, where she studied in the departments of anglophone studies and cultural mediation. She is a plant-based cooking enthusiast and also takes an interest in literature, art history and Asian and anglophone cultures.
Divine Bakumusu is the VWPP program assistant. She is a student at Université Paris Cité in the Foreign and Regional Languages, Literatures and Civilizations undergrad program. She has a passion for literature and psychology. In her downtime, she likes to read, learn, listen to podcasts and mess with her cat.
The Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Paris is located in Reid Hall, Paris.
VWPP – Reid Hall
4 rue de Chevreuse
+33 1 43 22 12 47