Annie earned an MA in Early Childhood Education and a Minor in French from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. Later, she received a second MA in French and Francophone World Studies from the University of Iowa. She is currently an ABD, Ph.D. Candidate in Film Studies with Concentration in French. Her broad research interests include the theme of marginalization, displacement and exile in 20th and 21st century France and Quebec. Most recently, her research focuses on Francophone contact zones, and their inherent phenomena of bilingualism and translanguaging. She is a recipient of the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for the 2014-2015 Academic Year and the 2015 Klinzing Grant for Dissertation Research on the European Union.