Andia Augustin-Billy

Andia Augustin-Billy

French Language and Literature
Inducted in 2015

Andia Augustin-Billy is a Ph.D. candidate in Romance Languages with a certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Her interest areas include: Francophone Caribbean and African Literatures and Cultures, same-sex relations in Sub-Saharan African and the Caribbean, and the body as transgression. Her dissertation focuses on tensions around same-sex relations in francophone Caribbean literature, examining the ways in which such representations and practices articulate social and literary meanings in the broader constructions of gender and sexuality. Andia has held various leadership roles on campus. She is the former president of the Black Graduate Council, vice-president of the Graduate Student Senate, co-convener of a Transatlantic Reading Group, and a founding member of the Sexual Assault Committee. She is passionate about teaching and has received several teaching awards, including the Dean’s Award in Teaching Excellence. Her research often takes her to explore countries and cultures around the world, which she absolutely relishes!