• The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 2.15, Arts Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth



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Personal profile


Bonnie completed her PhD in French Studies and History at the University of Western Australia focusing on gender identity in contemporary French Caribbean literature. She currently teaches in the areas of French language and French and francophone literature in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Bonnie also has extensive experience teaching English as a foreign language.

Roles and responsibilities

Deputy Head (Education Admin), School of Humanities
Associate Editor, "Essays in French Literature and Culture"
Editorial Advisory Board Member for "Archipelies", Université des Antilles-Guyane

Funding overview

UWA Multimedia Innovation Grant 2005
UWA Research Grant 2006
UWA Teaching Fellowship 2005, 2008, 2013
UWA Research Development Award 2009
UWA Improving Student Learning Grant 2012
UWA Teaching Relief Grant 2016

UWA Research Accelator Scheme Pilot Project 2019 (CI Ned Curthoys)

Previous positions

Macquarie University, Sydney (2003)

As part of my role at UWA:
Equity and diversity advisor (2008-2011)
Arts faculty CATLyst (Arts representative for the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning) (2009-2010)

Advisory Board Member, Tuart College (2010-2018)

Convenor of French Studies (2013-2018)

Current projects

I am currently working on a project focusing on Haitian writer and publisher Rodney Saint-Eloi.

Teaching overview

Courses taught

  • Beginners French (FREN1401/1402)
  • Twentieth and Twenty-First Century French Intellectual Thought (FREN2001)
  • Francophone Caribbean Literature (FREN3814)
  • Theory and Practice of Teaching French as a Foreign Language (FREN4102)

Teaching awards

  • Senior Fellowship, Higher Education Academy (2019)
  • UWA Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education Excellence in Teaching Award (2018, 2020)
  • Australian Awards for University Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2017)
  • UWA Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Award – High Commendation (2017)
  • UWA Excellence in Teaching Award (2015, 2018)
  • UWA Student Guild’s Student Choice Award (2014, 2016, 2017)
  • UWA Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Awards (2004, 2009, 2014)
  • Finalist, UWA Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Awards (2012, 2016)
  • UWA nominee for national Excellence in Teaching Awards (2006, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2020)
  • Additional UWA Excellence in Teaching Award nominations (2010, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Nomination for UWA Faculty of Arts Excellence in Research Supervision (2015)


Francophone Caribbean literature
History, memory and trauma studies
Twentieth-century French intellectual thought
Gender Studies
Teaching and learning


French (near-native)

Research expertise keywords

  • Caribbean Literature
  • French And Francophone Literature
  • Memory And Trauma
  • Gender Studies
  • Education
  • French Caribbean and francophone literature
  • Gender issues and French feminism
  • History and memory
  • Teaching and learning

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Research Output

Un homme en quatre morceaux? Dany Laferrière, Identity and the Académie française

Thomas, B., May 2020, In : The French Review. 93, 4, p. 84-94 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Poetic Healing: Rodney Saint-Eloi's 'Jacques Roche, je t'écris cette lettre'

Thomas, B., Dec 2019, In : The French Review. 93, 2, p. 31-40 1.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The Colonial Fortune in Contemporary Fiction in French by Oana Panaïté, Reviewed by Bonnie Thomas

    Thomas, B., 7 Jun 2019, In : New West Indian Guide (NWIG). 93, 1-2, p. 154-155

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

    Open Access

    Culture, Cuisine, and Cannibalism: Maryse Condé's Mets et merveilles

    Thomas, B. L., May 2018, In : The French Review. 91, 4, p. 71-82 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Rodney saint-Éloi: Writer and publisher of the “whole-world”

    Thomas, B., 1 Nov 2018, In : Small Axe. 22, 3, p. 28-36 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Projects