Keri Yousif

Keri B. Yousif Keri Yousif, PhD
Associate Professor of French
Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin, 2003
Office: Root Hall, A-151
Phone: (812) 237-2364
Fax: (812) 237-2368






2009 Honors Faculty of the Year


Dr. Yousif is an associate professor of French. She received her Ph.D. in French, with an emphasis in literature and cultural studies, from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003. During her graduate work, she spent several years living and working in France, including a year teaching English at a French high school in Normandy and two years as a lecturer at the University of Paris XIII, where she taught English language courses and American literature. In addition to French literature and language, she is active in the University Honors Program and study abroad. She joined the ISU faculty in 2004.



Professor Yousif’s research focuses on interdisciplinary nineteenth-century French studies, including Realism, caricature, book illustration and early photography. She is particularly interested in the rise of popular culture during the nineteenth century and its subsequent reshaping of the cultural field.



Balzac, Grandville, and the Rise of Book Illustration, Ashgate (2012).


"Les liaisons dangereuses: Media, Literature, and l'affaire Strauss-Kahn," The French Review, forthcoming, publication scheduled for April 2013 issue.

“The Imperialist Lens: Du Camp, Salzmann and Early French Photography,” Early Popular Visual Culture, 6.1 (April 2008), 1-18.

“Taming the Bourgeoisie: Grandville’s Scènes de la vie privée et publique des animaux (1840-1842),” EnterText, 7.3 (December 2007): 43-69.

“Modernity’s Meter: The Caricaturist, 1830-1870,” Dix-Neuf, 9 (October 2007): 17-32.

“Contesting the Page: The Author and the Illustrator in France, 1830-1848,” Book History, 10 (2007): 69-101.


“War on the Demolition Men!” by Victor Hugo and “The Account of the Destructive and Revived Pagan Principle in France,” by le Comte de Montalembert, The Gothic Revival 1720-1870. Ed. Michael Charlesworth. 3 vols. East Sussex: Helm, 2002. 3: 579-610.

Recent Conference Presentations

2013: "We Were Not Born Women: Beauvoir, Contemporary Photography, and the Artifacts of Gender," 128th Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Boston, January 2013.

2012: "Word, Image, Woman: Gavarni's and the Goncourts' Portrayal of La Lorette," Worth a Thousand Words: At the Intersections of Literature and the Visual Arts Conference, Radboud University, the Netherlands, October 2012.

2011: "L'Affaire Strauss-Kahn: The Dangerous Liaisons of Media, Narrative, and Crime" Third Annual International Crime, Media & Popular Culture Conference, Indiana State University, September 2011.

2009: "L'Habit ne fait pas l'épicier: Social Portraiture in Les Français peints par eux-mêmes," Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, April 2009.

2008: "Cleopatra for a Day: Empress Eugénie and the Opening of the Suez Canal," Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Vanderbilt University, October 2008.

2008: “The Marked Caricaturist: J. J. Grandville, Popular Imagery and the Writer in Nineteenth-Century France,” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Presenter and Co-Chair/Organizer of Panel: “Word and Image from the Nineteenth to the Twentieth Century,” April 2008.


2009: University Honors Program Faculty of the Year Award

2008: Charlotte Zietlow Women Faculty Research Grant, Indiana State University

2008: Center for Local History and Culture, student/faculty grant, Indiana State University