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Daniel Nabil Maroun

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

  • Critical Masculinity Studies / Men's Studies
  • Queer Maghreb
  • HIV/AIDS Literature and Cinema
  • Race, Sexuality, Citizenship
  • Translation studies/Translation theory
  • Discourse analysis 

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Research Description

My research is informed by intersection of gender and sexuality in Francophone communities primarily in North Africa and the Levant. I am interested in expression of sexual identity and citizenship and how individuals navigate these issues in relationship to society and familial structures.

A second, and equally as important axe of research interests, is in HIV/AIDS studies in France.  I investigate and chronicle France's literary and cultural response to HIV/AIDS from the late 80's through today, primarily how the depiction of masculinity has evolved in this literature over the last twenty-five years.  I recently co-edited a special issue on this topic with Contemporary French Civilization

Both of these research avenues are tied together by a concept of queer kinship that I hope to further develop soon.

Additionally, I am currently the Assistant Editor for Contemporary French Civilization an academic journal dedicated to studying all aspects of culture and civilization in the French and Francophone worlds as well as serving in the Steering Committee for the DDFC Collective



  • Ph.D. French, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Additional Campus Affiliations

Assistant Professor, French and Italian
Assistant Professor, Program in Translation and Interpreting Studies
Assistant Professor, Gender and Women's Studies

Recent Publications

Maroun, D. N. (2024). Erasing Race in France: Social Consequences of Political Idealism: Social Consequences of Political Idealism. In D. Andress (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of French History (pp. 606-615). Routledge.

Maroun, D. N. (2023). Review: S. Shaheen-Hussain's Fighting for a Hand to Hold: Confronting Medical Colonialism Against Indigenous Children in Canada: Confronting Medical Colonialism Against Indigenous Children in Canada. Foreword by Cindy Blackstock, afterword by Katsi'tsakwas Ellen Gabriel. McGill-Queen's UP, 360 pp. Contemporary French Civilization , 48(3), 299-306.

Maroun, D. N. (2022). Agency, culpability, and police brutality: French reports of death during les contrôles policiers. Contemporary French Civilization , 47(4), 385-401.

Maroun, D. N. (2022). Decanonizing Contemporary Culture Courses: Teaching Culture with Twitter. In S. Bouamer, & L. Bourdeau (Eds.), Diversity and Decolonization in French Studies: New Approaches to Teaching (pp. 197-210). Springer.

Maroun, D. N. (2022). Kindling Kinships: Sexual Citizenship and Queer Constructions of Masculinity in the Works of Erik Rémès. In L. Bourdeau, & V. H. Capps (Eds.), Revisiting HIV/AIDS in French Culture: Raw Matters Lexington Books.

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