I am a scholar of contemporary francophone Caribbean and African literature, with interdisciplinary specializations in transnational black feminisms, Afro-diasporic literary and cultural movements, 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 contributions to twentieth-century anti-colonial movements at the intersection of their political participation and literary production. Essays from this and other research projects have appeared in Eighteenth-Century Studies, Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, 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) and a regular contributor to Black Perspectives, the blog of the African American Intellectual History Society. Find me on Twitter @AnnetteJosephG