Headshot yellow-2I am an Assistant Professor of French at the University of Arizona, where I am also a Faculty Affiliate in Africana Studies, an Honors Professor and a Faculty Fellow.

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, Decolonial Citizenship: Black Women’s Resistance in the Francophone World (under contract, University of Illinois Press), 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 StudiesSmall 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 Start for Success Grant for new research in the digital humanities, two College of Humanities faculty research grants, and two 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) and a regular contributor to the African American Intellectual History Society blog. Find me on Twitter @AnnetteJosephG