Hannah Holtzman received her PhD in French from the University of Virginia where she also earned an MFA in Creative Writing. Her research in global media studies and the environmental humanities focuses on Franco-Japanese cultural exchange and nuclear cinema. She has taught courses in media studies, writing, and French, and most recently she was Visiting Assistant Professor of French and Rhetoric at Hampden-Sydney College. Her scholarly and creative work has been published in Contemporary French Civilization, New England Review, and Gettysburg Review and is forthcoming in French Studies. Her research has been supported by a Chateaubriand Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences as well as grants and awards from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation and Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures at the University of Virginia. She is currently working on a book project to be titled Through the Nuclear Lens: French Visions of Japan after Hiroshima.

At the Center for the Study of Women, she is working on a book chapter focused on the first two major Franco-Japanese cinematic coproductions Typhoon over Nagasaki (1957) by Yves Ciampi and Hiroshima mon amour (1959) by Marguerite Duras and Alain Resnais. This study looks at how the two films played pivotal roles in restarting Franco-Japanese cultural exchange in the postwar period, in rethinking gender roles and their representations on screen, and in offering new visions of Japan to a global audience.


“Les Français ne savent pas où me mettre: Placing Michaël Ferrier’s petits portraits from Japan” (forthcoming in French Studies).

“A Fifty-Two-Year Love Affair: Rewatching Hiroshima mon amour after Fukushima.” Contemporary French Civilization43.1 (2018): 55-71.

“Sensei.” New England Review 33.2 (2012): 145-159.

“After Hours.” Gettysburg Review 24.4 (2011): 561-569.