Abby R. Broughton is a Ph.D. candidate in French and Second Language Studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She received her M.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2015 after successfully defending a thesis entitled “L’esthétique de l’abject: goût et dégoût dans La Mort propagande d’Hervé Guibert.” She received her B.A. from North Carolina’s Elon University in 2011 with majors in French and International Studies. Following graduation, she moved to Montpellier, France, where she taught English in preschool and elementary schools throughout the Languedoc region as part of the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF).

Abby’s dissertation research on social reading seeks to address issues of collaborative cultural interpretation in the intermediate and advanced French classroom. Additional academic pursuits include the intersection of text and image, the pedagogy of theater, and the digital humanities.

Abby is the co-author of A Colony in Crisis, an interactive primary source reader featuring selected pamphlets surrounding the grain shortage of 1789 in colonial Saint-Domingue.