My research focuses on francophone Caribbean and African literature, with interdisciplinary specializations in global feminisms, Afro-diasporic literary and cultural movements, and the Enlightenment 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.
My current book project, Decolonial Citizenship: Black Women’s Narratives of Political Identity in the Francophone World, 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 or are forthcoming 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 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. At the University of Arizona I have been awarded a College of Humanities Faculty Initiatives grant and an Africana Studies Competitive Research Grant for Affiliated Faculty. I am also the managing editor of Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International (SUNY Press).