Annette Joseph-Gabriel is an Assistant Professor of French and a faculty affiliate in Africana Studies at the University of Arizona. Her 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. Her book manuscript, Decolonial Citizenship: Black Women’s Narratives of Political Identity in the Francophone World examines the political and literary writings of women involved in mid-twentieth century anticolonial movements in Francophone West and Central Africa and the Caribbean. This study analyzes the language of citizenship that emerges across black women’s writings in the francophone world and reveals the central role that women played in shaping the discourse on decolonization and political identity. Essays from this and other research projects have appeared or are forthcoming in Small Axe, Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies and Eighteenth-Century Studies.
Dr. Joseph-Gabriel’s work has been supported by awards including the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics from Iowa State University and the Annette Kolodny Award by the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages. She is managing editor of Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender and the Black International. To learn more please visit www.annettejosephgabriel.com (Follow her on Twitter @AnnetteJosephG)