Doyle Calhoun received his B.A. in linguistics and french literature from Boston College, and his M.A. en langue et littérature françaises from KU Leuven in Belgium, where he was also a Fulbright Research Grantee. His research analyzed records of Niger-Congo languages that were compiled by French and Belgian missionaries during the mid-19th and early 20th centuries, and has been published in journals such as Language & History and La Revue canadienne des études africaines and is forthcoming from Research in African Literatures, Nineteenth Century French Studies, and Paragraph. His current work focuses primarily on the relationship between violence, death and language in francophone North and West African literature, with a particular interest in Senegalese literature and film. He is also a student of Wolof.