Welcome to the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


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Tel:  848-932-4065 ext. 2-4065

Office: RAB, DC 103G


B.A., Hofstra University
M.A., Atlanta University
M.Phil, Ph.D., Columbia University

Research Interests

African and Caribbean Literatures, Literature by Women.

Selected Publications


  • Autofiction and Advocacy in the Francophone Caribbean ( 2006). [http://www.upf.com/book.asp?id=LARRIS07]
  • Francophone Women Writers of Africa and the Caribbean (2000). [Focus] 
  • Migrating Words and Worlds: Pan-Africanism Updated. Co-edited with E. Anthony Hurley and Joseph McLaren (1999).


  • "Indian Ethnoscapes in Francophone Literature: Kali Pani Narratives." L'Esprit créateur 50 (summer 2010).  Co-edited with Brinda J. Mehta.
  • "Histoire engagée, histoire occultée: Fabienne Kanor's Humus." Women in French Studies (2011) 103-111.
  • "The Tradition of Literacy:  Césaire In and Out of the Classroom."  Research in African Literatures 41.1 (Spring 2010): 33-45.
  • “In[her]itance: Legacies and Lifelines in Evelyne Trouillot’s Rosalie L’Infâme.”Dalhousie French Studies 88 (Fall 2009): 135-45.
  • “’Sont-ils encore gens de Guadeloupe?’ Departmentalization, Migration, and Family Dynamics.” International Journal of Francophone Studies 11.1&2 (Spring/Summer 2008).
  • “’Quand la lecture devient passion:’ Romance Novels and Literacy in Abidjan.” African Literatures at the Millenium (2007) pp. 315-324.
  • "Migrant ImagiNations: Can[n]ons, Creole[s], and Patrick Chamoiseau's Chemin-d'école." Journal of Caribbean Literatures (2006).
  • "DuSable, Douglass, and Dessalines: The Haitian Pavilion and the Narrative of History." Ecrire en pays assiégé: Haiti Writing Under Siege/. Ed. Marie-Agnès Sourieau and Kathleen Balutansky (2005). 39-59.
  • "Borders, Books, and Points de repère." Postcolonial Theory and Francophone Literary Studies. Ed. H. Adlai Murdoch and Anne Donaday. (2005). 211-223.
  • Hommage, image, imaginaire: Constructions of Haiti by Nineteenth Century African Americans.” Présence Africaine (2004): 211-220.
  •  "Empire's Intimacies: 'Le Quotidien" in (Post)Colonial Fiction and Film." L'Esprit créateur 44.1 (Spring 2004): 96-107.
  •  "Bibliography of and on Mariama Bâ." Emerging Perspectives on Mariama Bâ: Postcolonialism, Feminism, and Postmodernism. Ed. Ada Azodo. (2003). 441-467.
  • "'Girl By the Shore:' Gender and Testimony in Edwidge Danticat's the farming of bones. Journal of Haitian Studies (Fall 2001): 50-60.

Courses Offered


  • "L'Urgence de dire": 20th and 21st-Century Testimonial Narratives
  • Diasporas and Migrations
  • The Caribbean Novel: Poetics of [Post]national Identity
  • Visions of Empire
  • "Témoignage" and Caribbean Women Writers
  • Gender and Genre in Caribbean Literature
  • Nation and Narration
  • "Femme noire . . . "
  • African Narrative
  • African and Caribbean Women Writers


  • Urban Africa
  • Writing Diaspora, Writing Home
  • "The African Child:" Literary Representations, Creative Expressions
  • Creole[s] in the Caribbean
  • Africultures
  • Ousmane Sembene: écrivain et cinéaste
  • ARTchipel: de la culture caribéenne
  • African Literature, Culture, and Society
  • French Women Writers
  • French Novel
  • Décentrer la France

Program Connections:

  • Center for African Studies (Associate Director) 
  • Department of Women's and Gender Studies
  • Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies
  • Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL)

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