Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Department of English and Comparative Literature


Brief Biography

Megan C. MacDonald is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature. Her research focuses on contemporary francophone and Mediterranean literary and visual cultures, and she has published in and edited journals such as Sites/Contemporary French and Francophone StudiesFrancosphères, the International Journal of Francophone StudiesFeminist Media Studies, and Expressions Maghrébines. She is the co-editor with Claire Launchbury of the forthcoming collection Urban Bridges, Global Capitals: Trans-Mediterranean Francosphères (Liverpool). Her forthcoming book, Monsters without Borders: Literary Precarity and the Postcolonial Navette, is the first part of a trilogy on connecting seas, and is preoccupied with understanding the relationship between books and bodies, and how they travel, via the figure of the "navette"Prior to coming to AUC, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at University College Cork, Ireland, where she worked on the research project "Algeria: Nation and Transnationalism", and held a faculty position in Comparative Literature at Koc University, Istanbul. During the 2018-2019 academic year, she was in residence at IMéRA, Institute of Advanced Studies, Université Aix-Marseille as a EURIAS fellow working on the research project "The Way Back: Mediterranean Wakes and Urban Archival Futures".


PhD, Comparative Literature, SUNY Buffalo (2012)
MA, Comparative Literature (Africa/Asia), SOAS, University of London (2006)

Research Interest
  • Francophone global fictions
  • Mediterranean Studies
  • Migration and Diaspora
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Archive Studies
  • Critical Theory
  • Connecting Seas