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- California State University, Channel Islands
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- The African Diaspora in France and the United States, European History, late 18th and early 19th Century Paris, Race and Gender, Popular Culture, Representations, Sexuality and Colonialism, Women’s History
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- About Me
As a historian, it is impossible to understand the importance of women’s and men’s lives without a solid grounding in the historical events which shaped and informed their experiences. Often utilizing a transnational or comparative approach, my historical methodology is to investigate the importance of often-contested categories such as race, class, gender, and sexuality and to discover how they change (or do not change) over time.
I am a historian; it informs my academic work and my research. I am thoroughly steeped in traditional historical scholarship, yet understand and welcome an interdisciplinary approach that I believe makes history stronger.
- Recent Publications
Vénus Noire:Black Women, Colonial Fantasies, and the Production of Race & Gender in France, 1804-1848 (Athens: The University of Georgia Press, January 2019).
“Shaking the Racial and Gender Foundations of France: The Influences of “Sarah Baartmann” in the Cultural Production of Frenchness,” Black French Women and the Struggle for Equality, 1848-2015 (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press), 2018.
“ ‘Ourika Mania’: Interrogating Race, Class, Space, and Place in Early 19th-Century France,” “Black Paris and the Lived Experiences of Black Subjects,” African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, Volume 10, No. 2, (2015) 2017.
“L’Affaire de la Négresse Henriette Lucille: Race, Gender, and Social Status in Eighteenth-Century France,” Transnational Subjects: History, Society and Culture, Volume 2, Number 1 (April 2012), 21-48.
“Another Means of Understanding the Gaze: Sarah Bartmann and the Development of Nineteenth-Century French National Identity,” They Called Her Hottentot: The Art, Science, and Fiction of Sarah Baartman, eds. Deborah Willis and Carla Williams (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2010), 32-46.
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- Country Focus
- Expertise by Geography
- Expertise by Chronology
- 19th century, Modern
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- Colonialism, Gender, Race, Sexuality, Slavery, Women