Dr. Debbie Barnard comes to Tennessee Tech from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she taught French language and francophone literature classes. Originally from North Carolina, she received her B.S. from Western Carolina University (1991), and her M.A. and Ph.D. in French from Vanderbilt University (1995, 2003).After finishing her undergraduate degree, Dr. Barnard spent a year in France as an "assistante d'anglais," teaching English to French junior high school students. After completing her M.A., Dr. Barnard spent a year in Tunisia as a Fulbright Scholar. Besides teaching at Tennessee Tech and UT Knoxville, Dr. Barnard taught French, Spanish, and Humanities at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC from 1997-2004. She also worked for Inlingua International as Director of their Charlotte office from 2003-2004. Dr. Barnard's research interests focus on francophone literature, with a primary focus on the Jewish communities of Tunisia. She has published several articles on francophone authors from various regions of the world (North Africa, the Caribbean, the South Pacific), and is currently at work on a study of Tunisian literature in French.