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First Name
Jacqueline-Bethel Tchouta
Last Name
Baylor University
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Gender, Political Identity, Body Politics, Religious Politics, Print Culture
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Personal Info

About Me

JACQUELINE-BETHEL MOUGOUÉ is an interdisciplinary feminist scholar who is particularly interested in the gendering of identities in state politics, body politics, and religious politics in Cameroon. Currently, she is an assistant professor of history at Baylor University. Her first book, Gender, Separatist Politics and Embodied Nationalism in Cameroon is forthcoming with University of Michigan Press in 2019. Using oral interviews and archival records, such as Cameroon’s first cooking book and women’s advice columns, the book examines issues related to cookery, gossiping, sagacious female politicians, “sluggish” women who fail to attend the meetings of women’s organizations,  and unruly housewives known as “women extremists,” to illuminate how issues of ideal womanhood shaped the Anglophone Cameroonian nationalist movement in the first decade of independence.  The book uses the concept of embodied nationalism to illustrate how political elites and formally educated urbanites implied that women’s everyday patterns of behavior and comportment—the clothes that women wore, the foods they cooked, their abstention from gossip, and their adherence to appropriate marital behavior in public spaces—might make a suitable Anglophone Cameroonian persona physically conspicuous on the local, national, and international stage. By drawing upon history, political science, gender studies, and feminist epistemologies, Mougoué demonstrates how preserving conservative ideal Anglophone womanhood, cultural values, and political identity came to be seen as the lynchpin of Anglophone unity in English-speaking towns in Cameroon during the 1960s and early 1970s. Mougoué is currently finalizing research on her second book on the history of the Bahá’í Faith and masculine identities in English-Speaking Cameroon from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Mougoué’s scholarly articles have appeared in Gender & HistoryJournal of West African History, and Feminist Africa. Her research has also appeared in academic blogs including African Studies Association News and Africa is a Country.

Mougoué has been a visiting fellow/scholar at the University of Buea (Cameroon) and Northwestern University (United States). Currently, Mougoué is Co-Convenor of African Studies Association (ASA) Women’s Caucus, Advisory Member of ASA North American Scholars on Cameroon Association, and Conference Liaison for Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH).

Mougoué has been invited to share her research at various academic institutions including Yale University (United States),  Northwestern University (United States), Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University (Morocco), University of Leuven (Belgium), and Paris Diderot University (France). See the following for additional information on upcoming/past plenary talks.

Mougoué received her M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Purdue University. She holds an additional degree from Purdue, a Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (WGSS) from the WGSS Program. Mougoué’s hobbies include long-distance running, photography, painting, and writing poetry and short stories.

Recent Publications


“Gender and (Militarized) Secessionist Movements in Africa: An African Feminist’s Reflections.” Forthcoming with Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism (Fall 2018).

“Intellectual Housewives, Journalism, and Anglophone Nationalism in Cameroon, 1961-1972.” Vol. 3, Issue 2 Journal of West African History (October 2017): 67-92.

“Housewives at Husbands’ Throats: Recalcitrant Wives and Gender Norms in a West African Nation, 1961-1972.” Vol. 29, Issue 2 Gender & History (August 2017): 405-422.

Mougoué, Jacqueline-Bethel. “African Women do not Look Good in Wigs: Gender, Beauty Rituals and Cultural Identity in Anglophone Cameroon, 1961-1972.” Issue 21 Feminist Africa (October 2016): 7-22.



“The Anlu Rebellion.” In The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History. Edited by Thomas Spear. New York: Oxford University Press, March 2018.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Politics, Women