Professor of French and Francophone Studies, affiliated faculty with the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies and Religious Studies. She is the single author of three books:
- Coran et tradition islamique dans la littérature maghrébine (Paris: Karthala, 2002) analyzes the Islamic intertext in Francophone literature from the Maghreb.
- The Star, the Cross, and the Crescent: Religions and Conflicts in Francophone Literature from the Arab World (Lexington, 2010) focuses on representations of Islam in conflicts in the cultural production of the Francophone Arab world; it was selected by Choice as a 2010 Outstanding Academic Title.
- Islamic Schools in France: Minority Integration and Separatism in Western Society (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) is the first book on the growing phenomenon of private full-time K-12 Muslim schools in France.
Her articles on French and Francophone literature and cinema have appeared in Nineteenth-Century French Studies, L’Esprit Créateur, The French Review, Etudes Francophones, Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature, Research in African Literatures, Expressions maghrébines, TheInternational Journal of Francophone Studies, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and French Cultural Studies. In 2014, she was a finalist for the Five Star Faculty Award, the only university-wide teaching award selected exclusively by undergraduate students.