Headshot yellow-2I am a scholar of francophone Caribbean and African studies. My specializations include transnational black feminisms, literature and culture of the African diaspora, and slavery in the French Atlantic. I hold a B.A. (cum laude) in Comparative Literature from Williams College and a Ph.D. in French with a Graduate Certificate in African American and Diaspora Studies from Vanderbilt University. I am an assistant professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Michigan.

My current book, Decolonial Citizenship: Black Women’s Resistance in the Francophone World (under contract), examines Caribbean and African women’s literary and political contributions to anticolonial movements. Essays from this and other research projects have appeared in Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, Nouvelles Études Fracophones, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Slavery & Abolition: A Journal for Slave and Post-Slave Studies, and The French Review. 

My work has been supported by several awards including an American Philosophical Society fellowship, the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics, and the Annette Kolodny Award by the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages.

I am also the managing editor of Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International (SUNY Press), a regular contributor to Black Perspectives, the blog of the African American Intellectual History Society, and co-host of New Books in Literary Studies for the New Books Network. Find me on Twitter @AnnetteJosephG