Sarena Tien

Graduate Student


Sarena Tien is a PhD candidate in French Literature with a graduate minor in Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. Her dissertation explores the political potential of female friendship and its radical power to unsettle heteropatriarchy in Francophone African and Asian literature and film. In addition, her project seeks to center indigenous interpretations of friendship and to connect such paradigms to Black feminist theories of sisterhood. She received her BA from Randolph-Macon College and her MA from Cornell University. As an alumna of the Teaching Assistant Program in France and City Year DC, she also has experience teaching elementary and high school students. Her work has appeared in the MIFLC Review and has been supported by the Provost Diversity Fellowship for Advanced Doctoral Students.

Courses Taught: 

ROMS 1113: Female Friendship vs. Patriarchy 

FREN 2090: French Intermediate Composition and Conversation I

FREN 1230: Continuing French

FREN 1220: Elementary French II

FREN 1210: Elementary French I 


ROMS Courses - Spring 2024