David Spieser-Landes comes from Alsace where he grew up speaking French, Elsässerditsch (Alsatian) and Hochdeutsch (German). His research interests include French and Francophone Literatures, Postcolonial Theory, Nation Studies, Minority Literatures, and French Regional Literatures. Drawing upon and adapting Jacques Rancière political philosophy, his doctoral dissertation, titled "The Politics of Aesthetics: Nation, Region and Immigration in Contemporary French Culture," examined the ways in which both rap lyrics (such as Abd al Malik's) and regional literature (e.g. André Weckmann's novels) are effectively breaking national unison in present-day France. Before joining the Seahawk community, David Spieser-Landes earned a Ph.D. in French and Francophone Literatures (with a track in politics) from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a French Master's Degree in American Civilization from Université Lyon 2, France. He also held a Teaching Assistantship at Penn State University, and taught French for two years at Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA.