Emily O'Dell holds a BA in French from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2012) and a MA in French Studies from Louisiana State University (2016). O'Dell is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature with a graduate minor in Anthropology. Her dissertation focuses on representations of children and childhood in fiction by authors from the French, Spanish, and English speaking Caribbean islands. She is the current Vice President of the Graduate Student Caucus of the Modern Languages. Her research interests include: Caribbean literature and culture; Louisiana literature and culture; folklore; French and Francophone literatures; Postcolonial studies; Cultural Anthropology.