Doyle Calhoun received his B.A. (summa cum laude) in linguistics and french literature from Boston College, and his M.A. (summa cum laude) 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. His current research focuses primarily on the relationship between violence and language in francophone North and West African literature.