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Kévin Drif

Graduate Student
Available for tutoring online or in-person

Research Areas

20th and 21st century French and Francophone literature, North African diaspora, migration, film and media studies, queer studies, gender and sexuality studies, cultural studies, critical race theory.


I am a first-year graduate student in the French Ph.D. program. My research interests lie in French and Francophone culture, and media (film, documentaries, television, music). For my future thesis, I want to focus on the cultural representations of racial, gender and sexual minorities in France with an emphasis on queer identities and second/third generation immigrants from the Maghreb.

Before coming to Berkeley, I earned a BA and MA in English literature from the University of Tours (France), where I wrote a thesis on The Representations of African American Masculinities in American television series from 2014 onwards. This thesis allowed me to focus on subjects that became central to my research interests namely, media studies, gender and sexuality studies, and critical race theory all through an intersectional analytical framework. A one-year student exchange in the French department at the University of Colorado Boulder helped me rediscover French literature and led me to graduate from CU Boulder with a MA in French and Francophone literature.

I taught French during the entirety of my MA at CU Boulder and cannot wait to start interacting with students further along in the Ph.D.!

My pronouns are he/him/il.

Selected Publications

Book Chapters (Editor-reviewed)

Drif, Kévin and Georges-Claude Guilbert. “Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood as Queer Utopian Uchronia.” Ryan Murphy's Queer America, edited by Brenda R. Weber & David Greven, Routledge, 2022, pp. 105-118.

Drif, Kévin. “CŒUR DE PIRATE: A Pirate with a Heart” & “EDDY DE PRETTO: The Dawn of a New Genre.” An Anthology of French and Francophone Singers from A to Z, reedition, edited by Michaël Abecassis & Marcelline Block, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2022, pp. 235-238 & pp. 276-279.

Drif, Kévin. “Titus Andromedon’s Intersectional Identity in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015-2020).” Intersectionality in Anglophone Television Series and Cinema, edited by Kévin Drif & Georges-Claude Guilbert, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020, pp. 36-47.

Edited Volume

Drif Kévin and Georges-Claude Guilbert, editors. Intersectionality in Anglophone Television Series and Cinema. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, December 2020.

Online articles

Drif, Kévin. “Les Nouvelles Aventures de Sabrina, saison 3 : Sabrina Spellman, une figure féministe ambigüe.” Le genre & l’écran, 23 Feb. 2020,


"Hollywood avec Kévin Drif". Histoires en Séries, 2 December 2022,

In Preparation

Drif, Kévin. “‘Educating’ the Banlieue: Gender Dynamics and Spatiality in French Banlieue Cinema Schools.” Gender in French Banlieue Cinema: Intersectional Perspectives, edited by Marzia Caporale, Claire Mouflard, & Habib Zanzana.