Spring 2010: Semester abroad in Paris with the Center for University Programs Abroad (CUPA), direct matriculation in French universities (Paris 8, Paris IV—La Sorbonne, the École Normale Supérieure), and flute lessons with a member of the Orchestre de Paris (Bastien Pelat). You can read a blog about these experiences here.

Below you can read the first two editions of the CUPA newspaper, for which Natalie was an editor and contributor.


Summer 2012: Two months in Avignon through the Institut d’études françaises d’Avignon (Bryn Mawr College), attending the world’s largest theater festival and taking graduate-level seminars on Medieval, Renaissance, 18th century literature, and an introduction to Provençal. Excursions to Vaison-la-Romaine, Arles, Gordes, Marseille, Orange, and Nice.


The entrance to the Bibliothèque de Richelieu

June 2013: Archival work on Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables manuscripts after taking a seminar on the novel with Professor David Bellos. Presented the results of my findings at the Nineteenth Century French Studies (NCFS) Conference in Puerto Rico a year later. Read more about this experience on this blog.

Academic Year 2014-15: A year at the École Normale Supérieure as a pensionnaire étrangère, doing research for dissertation. This research trip was not only integral to the dissertation, but also an opportunity to work directly in the Oulipo and Perec archives after coming into contact with the DifdePo research group and the Association Georges Perec. Participated in the Archival Transcription Project and gave invited presentations at the Séminaire Perec and the Séminaire ALGORITM, and a Cours Magistral in Christelle Reggiani’s M1 course at La Sorbonne.

Below are various pictures from travels during that year. You can read more on this blog.


Ponce, Puerto Rico after presenting at the NCFS Conference in San Juan


Reykjavik, Iceland


The Blue Lagoon, Iceland


Madrid after teaching the class at La Sorbonne


Budapest after completing a draft of chapter 5


The fascinating Budapest synagogue


Oxford on a quick trip to London

Summer 2016: A summer in Paris continuing participation in the Oulipo Archival Project in an official capacity, working two days a week at the Institut National de l’Histoire de l’Art (INHA), presenting this Digital Humanities Project at the Poetics of the Algorithm conference in Liège, and attending the Digital Humanities Summer School at La Sorbonne.