Annette Joseph-Gabriel is a scholar working at the intersection of French and Afro-diasporic culture, literature, and politics. She conducts research and teaches courses on race, gender, and citizenship in France, the Caribbean, and Africa. Her areas of expertise include Black women’s writings, anticolonial activism, and slavery in the French Atlantic. Her work centers the voices and experiences of Black women thinkers and activists and shows how their contributions can offer us new ways to think about contemporary cultural and political questions.

Dr. Joseph-Gabriel is an associate professor of Romance Studies at Duke University. She holds 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. Her research has been supported by awards from several organizations and institutions including the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages, the American Philosophical Society, and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. She is a recipient of the University of Michigan’s Class of 1923 Memorial Teaching Award for outstanding teaching of undergraduates and the University of Arizona’s Margaret M. Briehl and Dennis T. Ray Five Star Faculty Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching in the Honors College.


Dr. Joseph-Gabriel is the author of Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire (University of Illinois Press, 2020), winner of the Modern Language Association Prize for a First Book and honorable mention for the Eugen Weber Book Award for the best book in modern French history. This book brings to the fore the often-unacknowledged leadership of Black women in anticolonial movements in France, Africa, and the Caribbean. Essays from this and other research projects have appeared in Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism; Nouvelles Études Francophones; Slavery & Abolition: A Journal for Slave and Post-Slave Studies; and elsewhere. She is a member of the executive committee of the Society for French Historical Studies and serves on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals including French Colonial History and Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International. Learn more about her publications here.

Dr. Joseph-Gabriel has written for popular outlets such as The Washington Post, HuffPost, Al Jazeera, The Conversation, Africa is a Country, and Black Perspectives. Her public writings have been translated into Japanese, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. You can find her public writings here. Follow her on Twitter @AnnetteJosephG.


As a public scholar, Dr. Joseph-Gabriel engages with audiences through various media. She has given talks and lectures at universities and organizations around the world including the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the University of Ghana, the University of Oxford, and the University of Chicago. Learn more about her interviews and media coverage here.

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