Hélène Sicard-Cowan holds a Ph.D. in French Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a French M.A. in German Studies from the University of Nantes. She has taught French language, literature and culture, as well as humanities interdisciplinary courses in high schools, community colleges, cultural institutes, study abroad programs, and universities in the U.S., Quebec, France and Austria. In Montreal, she taught at McGill University, Multicultural Academy Canada, and Dawson College.
In her experience, creating a supportive learning environment in which all students feel comfortable to perform is one of the most important elements of student success. Beside teaching, Helene works as a freelance translator and engages in scholarly activities. She has published articles on immigrant literature and cinema, as well as on canonical writers from the 18th century to the present. In addition, she translates articles for the Goethe-Institute and the academic journal Intermédialités.
Her current research explores the influence of 19th-century French writer Emile Zola's immigrant origins on his ideas about literary naturalism. She looks forward to welcoming you in one of the largest Francophone - and multilingual - cities in the world!