Zac Hagins earned his Ph.D. in French and Francophone Studies from The Pennsylvania State University in 2014. Dr. Hagins, an Arkansas native, spent two years teaching at French universities in Lyon and Le Mans.
A scholar of French cultural studies, Dr. Hagins is interested in how immigrants and their descendants in contemporary France negotiate the ever-changing sociocultural obstacles of integration in a transnational world. His research and teaching thus focus on visual and literary narratives of life in postwar France, particularly representations of minority populations whose daily experiences he views as being central to an evolving understanding of an increasingly multicultural French society. He has published articles on French photography in Contemporary French Civilization and Modern and Contemporary France. His current project considers what engaged artistic photography can tell us about the daily lives of French citizens of Maghrebi and sub-Saharan African origin.
Students in Dr. Hagins’s classes learn that studying French means looking beyond Paris to explore the rich diversity of the Francophone world, from North Africa to the Caribbean, from Southeast Asia to sub-Saharan Africa. With this goal in mind, Dr. Hagins brings a wide variety of cultural texts into the classroom, using photography, rap music, and graffiti alongside literature and film to offer students various points of entry into the study of the cultural mosaic that is global French.