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Molly Enz

Molly Enz



Office Building

Wagner Hall



Mailing Address

Wagner Hall 109
School of American & Global Studies-Box 2275
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


According to French writer Marcel Proust, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.” My objective as a humanities educator is to provide students with the tools to broaden their horizons. I expose my students to a variety of ideas, values, practices, and perspectives they might not otherwise encounter in order to expand their worldviews and challenge them to think critically about the world around them. My research is interdisciplinary in nature and weaves together several areas of inquiry: contemporary Francophone literature and cinema, postcolonial theory, and gender studies. I attempt to draw out how legacies of inequalities, power, and privilege have inflected notions of race, gender, identity and social change in Francophone literature and film written/produced/set in Senegal and Haiti.


Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A. Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota

Academic Interests/Expertise

Francophone literature, culture and film from West Africa & the Caribbean
Intercultural competence and global citizenship
Experiential learning

Academic Responsibilities

Introductory and Intermediate French language
Francophone literature, culture, and film
Global Studies Program Coordinator
Study Abroad Program Faculty Leader (Senegal in 2019, 2016, 2014; Dominican Republic in 2015, 2013)

Committee Activities

Butler Foundation Committee Member
Honors College Departmental Representative
Women's and Gender Studies Committee Member
Global Studies Advisory Committee
Assessment Academy
Department of Modern Languages & Global Studies Scholarship Committee Member
School of American & Global Studies By-Laws Committee Member
SDSU Fulbright Scholar Liaison

Specialty Area

  • French and Francophone Studies
  • African and Caribbean Studies

Awards and Honors

College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Award for Outstanding Research in the Humanities, SDSU, 2018
Edward Patrick Hogan Award for Teaching Excellence, SDSU, 2015
Faculty Award for Excellence in Global Engagement, SDSU, 2014
Phi Kappa Phi Victor Webster Faculty Award & Lecture, SDSU, 2013
Faculty Award for Excellence in Service-Learning, SDSU, 2012
College of Arts & Sciences Teacher of the Year, SDSU, 2012
College of Arts & Sciences Award for Outstanding Scholarship, SDSU, 2012


Fulbright Core Scholar in Senegal, U.S. Department of State, 2016-2017
Academic Excellence Grant for Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, SDSU, 2015-2016
Research/Scholarship Support Fund, Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, SDSU, 2016, 2013
Ping Faculty Development Fellowship, Council on International Educational Exchange, 2012
Women & Giving Grant, SDSU Foundation, 2013, 2012, 2010
Scholarly Excellence Grant for Faculty/Undergraduate Research, SDSU, 2012
American Association of Teachers of French Small Grant, 2011
American Association of Teachers of French Summer Seminar Grant to Switzerland & Belgium, 2008
New Ideas Teaching Fellowship, SDSU, 2008

Professional Memberships

African Studies Association
Haitian Studies Association
Women in French
Modern Language Association
American Association of Teachers of French
South Dakota World Affairs Council

Work Experience

Visiting Assistant Professor of French, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Area(s) of Research

Contemporary literature, culture and film from Senegal and Haiti
Intersections of cultural production (rap music, cinema, literature), political engagement, and social change in Senegal


Open Prairie

Open PRAIRIE - Public Research Access Institutional Repository and Information Exchange

Selected Works