Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Utrecht University
Website URL
Black Atlantic, France, Popular Culture, French Empire, Race in France, Black Diaspora In Europe, Gender, Sports and Protest
Additional Contact Information
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Personal Info

About Me

Rachel Gillett is an Assistant Professor at Utrecht University, teaching Modern Europe and Empire. Recent courses she taught examined race and representation in France, youth protest in Europe in 1968, cultures of Empire, and fundamentalisms. Her research focuses on race in France, popular culture, and on the black Atlantic from a French perspective. She also works on the notion of cosmopolitanism in popular culture and on rugby and race relations in a post-colonial context. Her current book, under contract with OUP, is entitled Begin the Biguine: Race and Popular Music in Interwar Paris. After graduating from Northeastern University with a PhD in World History, she taught and served as the Assistant Director for Undergraduate Studies in the History and Literature Concentration at Harvard University. She received her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English and honors in History, from the University of Otago, New Zealand. She balances her love of research and teaching with an active extra-curricular pursuit of music and rugby.

Recent Publications

Articles – Scholarly publications

Gillett, R.A. (2013). “Jazz Women, Gender Politics, and the Francophone Atlantic”. Atlantic Studies: Global Currents, 10 (1).
Gillett, R.A. (2010). Jazz and the Evolution of Black American Cosmopolitanism in Interwar Paris. Journal of World History, 21 (3).
  Book reviews – Scholarly publications
  Conference – Scholarly publications
Hung, J.B. (08.11.2017) Constructing America | Defining Europe Utrecht (08.11.2017 – 10.11.2017)
Media Coverage
Country Focus
France, USA
Expertise by Geography
France, New Zealand, North America
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Gender, Women, World War I