Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Toby Wikström

Assistant Professor - French and Italian

Contact Info

Department Affiliation
French and Italian


  • B.A., Carleton College, French Literature, 1996
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002
  • M.Phil., Columbia University, French, 2006
  • Ph.D., Columbia University, French Literature, 2010

Academic Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2012-
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2010-2012
  • Instructor, Department of French and Romance Philology, Columbia University, 2005-2010
  • Instructor, Department of French and Italian, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001-2004

Research & Teaching Specializations:
French 16th-18th Century Literature, French Theater, Performance Theory, Literature and Law, Early Modern Cross-Cultural Encounters, Atlantic Slave Trade, Francophone Diaspora, Mediterranean Studies, Post-Colonial Theory

Related Experience

  • French instructor for staff and parents, Public School 125, 2007-2008


  • Carol Lavin Bernick Faculty Grant, 2016 & 2017
  • Lurcy Foundation Grant, archival research in France for first book project, July-August 2015
  • Board of Regents Support Fund Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars (ATLAS), May 2015
  • Committee on Research Summer Research Fellowship, 2013
  • Newcomb College Institute Fellow, 2012-
  • Committee on Research International Travel Grant, Tulane University, 2012
  • School of Liberal Arts Tenure-Track International Conference Fund, Tulane University, 2012
  • Whiting Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2009-2010
  • American Society of the French Legion of Honor Dissertation Fellowship, 2007-2008
  • Lurcy Foundation Fellowship for Study at École Normale Supérieure, 2006-2007
  • Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Summer Fellowship, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009


  • Swedish
  • French
  • Icelandic
  • Italian
  • Latin

Selected Publications

  • Forthcoming. “Was There a Pan-European Orientalism? Comparing the Representation of the Muslim ‘Orient’ in Captivity Narratives from Iceland and the Spanish Netherlands (1628-1656).” In Dialectics of Orientalism in Early Modern Europe. Marcus Keller and Javier Irigoyen, eds. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 2012. Book chapter, “The Ambivalence of European Conquest: Jacques Du Hamel’s Acoubar ou la loyauté trahie (1603)”, Découvrir de nouveaux mondes et les définir juridiquement (du Moyen Âge aux débuts de l‘Âge moderne), ed. Nicolas Lombart, Brepols.
  • 2007. Translation (with Natacha Israël), “Le droit <> et <> littérature: la signification autogénérée dans le <>” by Richard Weisberg, Raisons politiques 27, 37-49

Works in Progress

  • Book manuscript, Legal Scenes: Law, Conquest and Slavery on the French Stage, 1598-1685, projected completion Spring 2015
  • Journal article, “Erotic Empire: the Glorification of Ottoman Sexual and Legal Practices in Montfleury’s Le Mary sans femme (ca. 1663)”, Esprit créateur, special issue, “The Turk of Early Modern France”, due January 31, 2013, projected publication December 2013

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Early Modern Globalization; French Media and Oral Performance; Sixteenth-Century Studies: Utopias and Dystopias of the French Renaissance

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 3

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