- B.A., French, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, 1993
- M.A., French, University of Pittsburgh, 1996
- Ph.D., French, University of Pittsburgh, 2001
- « L’Hôte : Guest/Host Dichotomy in Leïla Sebbar’s Marguerite and Nina Bouraoui’s Garçon manqué » Rocky Mountain Review. 66 .1 (Spring 2012).
- “Ly Thu Ho.” Passages et Ancrages : Dictionnaire des écritures migrantes en France depuis 1981. Paris : Honoré Champion, 2012.
- “Images, Messages, and the Paratext in Algerian Women’s Writing.” Judging a Book by its Cover. Eds. Nicole Matthews and Nickianne Moody. Hampshire, England: Ashgate, 2007.
- “Le mythe de la guerrière : Yamina Mechakra et Ly Thu Ho.” Des femmes écrivent la guerre. Eds. Frédérique Chevillot and Anna Norris. Aix-en-Provence: Éditions Complicités, 2007.
- “Kateb Yacine’s Journey Beyond Algeria and Back.” Hommage à Kateb Yacine. Ed. Nabil Boudraa. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2006.
- Remnants of Empire in Algeria and Vietnam: Women, Words, and War. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2004. (Paperback reprint in December 2006).
Research And Teaching Interests
Professor Pears primarily studies francophone women writers from former French colonies. In particular, she has focused on Algerian and Vietnamese women and their depictions of women’s wartime roles in their fictitious representations of Wars for Independence in both countries. More recently, she has been working on a study of book covers representing images of Algerian women and the ways in which these covers have an impact on the marketing and reception of literary texts in both France and the United States.
Professor Pears regularly teaches all levels of French language, literature, and culture and enjoys helping students gain linguistic and cultural proficiency.
Washington College Honors
- Alumni Association’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, May 2009