About me

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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. Starting in Fall 2017, I will be 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, 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 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 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 the African American Intellectual History Society blog. Find me on Twitter @AnnetteJosephG


Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 9.28.31 PM Dear colleagues, mentors, friends and family, it's been an extraordinary year and I am thrilled to share some exciting updates. 

In fall 2017, I will be moving to the University of Michigan to join the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures as an Assistant Professor of French. I am honored to be able to work alongside the department's very distinguished francophonists whose work I have long admired.

Additionally, my first book, Decolonial Citizenship: Black Women's Resistance in the Francophone World is now under contract with the University of Illinois Press. I am thrilled at the support I have received from my editor Dawn Durante, and I look forward to completing this project and contributing to the scholarship on race, gender and politics in the francophone world.

Finally, I will be a fellow at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia to conduct archival research for my second book project on slavery, marronage and transatlantic citizenship.

I am so very grateful to all who have supported me in various capacities: as generous letter writers, engaged readers of my work, and kind and supportive friends. More adventures ahead!