Isabel Crist

I am a junior double majoring in Foreign Languages (with a focus in French and Portuguese) and History. I am planning on going to law school after my studies at New Mexico State, and might take time in between to work on scholarships in which I could travel. I want to study international law and work for the State Department. I am currently an intern at the American Civil Liberties Union. I am in the Honors College, a Crimson Scholar, and a member of Pi Delta Phi.



Project Description:

We will be analyzing the French poetry of Paul Éluard and how he was influenced by the surrealist movement and how he influenced the movement. The project will be written in French, submitted for my Honor’s Capstone Thesis, and presented at URCAS in Spring 2020.




  • Project description, timeline, and milestones developed with mentor; on file with DSP
  • Complete half of project milestones
  • Complete project
  • Present scholarly work at URCAS
  • Attend a professional conference (without presenting)
  • Take the GRE
  • Promote #DiscoveryScholars ten times on social media
  • Apply for graduate or professional school




Isabel’s Mentor: Dr. Glenn Fetzer

Glenn Fetzer (PhD., the City University of New York) is Professor of French and Head of the Department of Languages and Linguistics at New Mexico State University. His research focuses on modern and contemporary French poetry. His research interests include stylistics, linguistic approaches to poetry, maghrebian literature. His books include Palimpsests of the Real in Recent French Poetry and Emmanuel Hocquard and the Poetics of Negative Modernity. Among his recent essays and publications are texts on Francis Jammes, Mathieu Bénézet, André du Bouchet, and on the connections between linguistics and the analysis of poetry. Two short-range projects consist of writing of the poetry of Tounès Thabet, from Tunisia, and Doria Shafik, one of Egypt’s first feminists and women activists.

Glenn’s community and professional involvement includes service as a member of the board of the New Mexico Humanities Council and service on the MLA’s Committee on K-16 Alliances, a group charged with bridging cross-level educational issues and engaging both school teachers and university professors on common concerns.