Vinay Swamy is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Vassar College, NY. He received his doctorate in French with a certificate in Gender Studies from Northwestern University in 2002. He also holds a Master's degree in French from Miami University, Ohio and completed his BA at Denison University. His teaching and research interests are located in French & Francophone literary traditions and their intersection with political & cultural histories, as well as the construction of social identities in contemporary France. Prof. Swamy regularly presents papers at national and international conferences and has published on postcolonial Francophone works by Azouz Begag, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Maryse Condé and YB, which have appeared in various journals including Contemporary French and Francophone Studies and Yale French Studies. His articles on the PaCS debate and kinship structures in contemporary French films, on Hanif Kureishi's "My Beautiful Laundrette" and on the 2003 film "L'Esquive" by Abdellatif Kechiche have been published in Comparative Literature Studies and Studies in French Cinema. At present, he is working on a book-length study tentatively entitled Interpreting the Republic: Marginalization and Belonging in Contemporary French Novels and Films. He is also the editor, with Sylvie Durmelat (Georgetown University), of Screening Integration: Recasting Maghrebi Immigration in Contemporary France, a collection of essays on French cinema forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press.