Adam Aziz

French Studies
Affiliated Graduate Students, Summer Fieldwork Grantees (2016)

Adam Aziz is currently pursuing his doctorate degree in French Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Spurred by a passion for languages and socio-cultural studies, he earned B.A.s in International Studies, French, and Arabic from the University of Mississippi. During his time at Ole Miss, he tutored students in French and Arabic, spent a summer living in Morocco, and studied at L'École Française at Middlebury College in Vermont. He later traveled to Algiers to work on a research thesis exploring the intersectional implications of language policy, national identity, and human rights discourse in Algeria, for which he was awarded the 2015 Portz Fellowship by the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) for best honors thesis nationwide. More globally, he is interested in the cultural anthropology, literature, and political sociology of French-speaking North Africa, in particular contemporary Algeria and Tunisia, and exploring questions of gender, sexuality, ideas of ethnicity, cultural identities, and immigration/diasporic identities, and how these concepts fit into translocalities and transnational networks that connect different parts of the globe. One of his current research projects explores the trajectory of LGBTQIA activism and the politics of sexual health in Tunisia, deploying feminist, queer, and antiracist paradigms to inform his work.