Irina Markina-Baum

Graduate Student
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Irina holds a B.A. summa cum laude in Romance Languages with a minor in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania (2013) and a M.A. in French from Princeton University (2016). Before joining the French and Italian Department at Princeton Irina worked as a TAPIF teaching assistant in Blois, France. Her research interests include the Belle Époque, ekphrasis, the fantastic and the mechanized human body. Irina is also passionate about pedagogy and serves as a McGraw Graduate Teaching Fellow at Princeton.  


  • FRE 101 (Fall 2015), FRE 103 (Fall 2016) at Princeton.
  • Workshop Leader, Assistants in Instruction Orientation. Princeton, September 2016.
  • Teaching Assistant, TAPIF. Blois, France, 2013-2014.
  • Teacher, ESL for adult refugees. Lutheran Children and Family Service, June – August 2011

Academic service and projects

  • McGraw Graduate Teaching Fellow
  • Distribution manager for Inventory, a student-run translation journal
  • Graduate Affiliate, Program in European Cultural Studies (ECS), 2016-2017.
  • Co-organizer, Princeton Graduate Student Conference entitled “Transparency and Opacity in French and Francophone Literature”, October 14, 2016.
  • Co-organizer, Princeton Graduate Student Conference entitled “Writing Out Loud: Orality and Aurality in Literature”, October 16, 2015.

Papers presented

  • Dreaming francité in Pierre Puvis de Chavannes’ Hôtel de Ville de Paris murals. Nineteenth-Century French Studies (NCFS) Colloquium: Brown University, Providence, RI, October 2016.
  • Contamination through Containment in Guy de Maupassant’s Le Horla. NCFS: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, November 2015.
  • The City Submerged: The Underwater World in Louis Aragon’s Paris Peasant. Underwater Worlds: Aquatic Visions in Art, Science and Literature: Oxford University, Oxford, September 2015. 


  • Fluent in French and Russian
  • Highly advanced in Italian (B.A., completed C1 track in the Università per Stranieri in Perugia).
  • Working proficiency in German (completed GER 101 and 102 at Princeton and a B2.1 course in Munich with mention sehr gut).