Samira Hassa, PHD

Samira Hassa, PHD

Associate Professor

Department : Modern Language & Literature

Email :

Phone : 718-862-7917

Office : MEM 416


PHD, University of Illinois Urbana


  • Basic language instruction, composition, literature, language and culture, ethno-sociolinguistics, language variation, language stereotypes, code switching and code mixing.

Publications & Professional Activities


  • Hassa, S, De La Médina à la Ville Nouvelle:Etude Ethnolinguistique de la Ville de Fes. Paris LINCOM Europa,2008

Articles and book reviews :

  • Review of Garbato, CA, and H Boyer, Les langues de France au XXIe siècle vitalité sociolinguistique et dynamiques culturelles. L'Harmattan: 2007. French Review (2009).
  • Review of Fagyal, Z, D Kibbee and F Jenkins, French: A Linguistic Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. French Review (2008).
  • Review of Eloy, J.M. Des Langues Collatérales: Problèmes Linguistiques, Sociolinguistiques et Glottopolitiques de la Proximité Linguistique, L'Harmattan, 2004. French Review (2006).
  • Review of Caubet, D. Les Mots du Bled. L'Harmattan, 2004. Studies in the Linguistic Sciences (2005).
  • Review of Kline, M and N. Mellerski. Issues in the French-Speaking World. Greenwood Press, 2004. Contemporary French Civilization (2005).
  • Translation from French to English: "Realpolitik and Utopias of Universal Bonds: for a Critique of Technoglobalism." Mattelart, A. A Companion to Media Studies. Blackwell 548-564, (2005).
  • With Fagyal, Z. and F. Ngom, "L'opposition [E] Et [*E] en Syllabes Ouvertes de fin de Mot en Français Parisien: Etude Acoustique Préliminaire.] Distinction in Word-Final Open Syllables InE" [The [E] - [ Parisian French: Preliminary Acoustic Data]. Journées d'Etudes sur la Parole, Nancy France, 165-168, (2000).

Presentations in Academic conferences:

  • Westernity, authenticity, diversity and nationalism: An analysis of selected Moroccan rap lyrics. Arizona Linguistics and Anthropology Symposium, University of Arizona, Tucson, May 2008.
  • My language is in your language: A discussion of languages in contact in France, Spain, and the Maghreb. Guest speaker at the College of New Rochelle, NY, September 2008.
  • Give Me My Space Back! Viewing Colonization and Decolonization through the Toponymia of Fes (Morocco.) Mid-America Alliance for African Studies 12th Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, November 2006.
  • Perceiving Cultural Differences: From a Fieldwork, a Study Abroad to Service Learning Program Led in Paris, with French 276 students, Speakers Series, Rockford College, October 2006.
  • From a French Civilization Course to Civic Engagement and Short-Term Study Abroad: A Pilot Study. Strengthening Civic Engagement and Spirituality in Higher Education: A One Day Conference. DePaul University, Chicago, September 2006.
  • Moroccan Students' Attitudes toward French. MLA (Modern Languages Association), Washington, D.C., December 2005.
  • Black, Blanc, Beur; du Rap à l'identité. With Christopher Stewart. Conference on Diversity and Difference in France and the Francophone World, Florida State University, Tallahassee, April 2004.
  • De l'Avenue de France au Boulevard Hassan II: 50 ans de transformation dans les dénominations de l'espace urbain de Fes (Maroc). Conference on Diversity and Difference in France and the Francophone World, Florida State University, Tallahassee, April 2004.
  • L'opposition [E] Et [e] en Syllabes Ouvertes de Fin de Mot en Français Parisien: Etude Acoustique Préliminaire. With Zsuzanna Fagyal. Journées d'Etudes sur la Parole, Nancy, 2002.
  • Designing and Teaching a Legal French Course. Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), University OF Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, September 2004.
  • Francophonia Policy, Colonialism and Identity. Guest speaker for Francophone Literature course. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, October 2004.
  • L'islam, la Femme et le Voile Au Maroc. Guest speaker for Survey of French Literature course, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, October 2002.
  • Women in Morocco: Between the Veil and Modernity. Guest speaker for Women's Issues course, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, October 2002.
  • On the Prosodic Conditioning of the [E]et [e] Merger in Open-Syllables in Parisian French. With Zsuzanna Fagyal and Fallou Ngom. NWAVE (New Ways of Analyzing Variation) 30, Raleigh, North Carolina, October 2001.
  • Multilinguism in Morocco. Guest speaker for Study of Language course, College of William and Mary, November 2001.

Courses Taught/Teaching

ARAB 201      Intermediate Arabic I
ARAB 301      Advanced Arabic I
ARAB 302      Advanced Arabic II
FREN 201      French for Communication I
FREN 202      French for Communication II
FREN 209      Speaking French
FREN 210      Writing French
FREN 301      Advanced French Conversation and Phonetics
FREN 303      French Culture Through Film
FREN 307      Advanced Grammar and Composition
FREN 342      Francophone Literature and Culture
FREN 420      Special Topics
MLL 095      Independent Study