• The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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 experience teaching English as a foreign language.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Vice President, Women in French Australia
  • Assistant Editor, "The French Review"
  • Associate Editor, "Essays in French Literature and Culture"
  • Co-leader, "UWA Academy Fellowship Scheme" Community of Practice
  • Mentor and Assessor, UWA Academy Fellowship Scheme
  • Mental Health First Aid Officer
  • Mentor, Australian Society of French Studies

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)
  • 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, 2021)
  • Deputy Head of School (Education) (2016-2020)
  • Academic Conduct Advisor, School of Humanities (2016-2020)

Current projects

I am currently working on a project focusing on literary activism in the Americas.

Teaching overview

Courses taught

  • Beginners French 1 & 2(FREN1401/1402)
  • Literary France (FREN2001)
  • Francophone Caribbean Literature (FREN3814)

Teaching awards

  • School of Humanities Teaching Award (Commendation 2021)
  • 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, 2021)
  • Additional UWA Excellence in Teaching Award nominations (2010, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2023)
  • 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)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

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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