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Annette Joseph-Gabriel

John Spencer Bassett Associate Professor of Romance Studies
Romance Studies

Overview


Annette Joseph-Gabriel is the John Spencer Bassett Associate Professor of Romance Studies and Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Duke University. She conducts research and teaches courses on race, gender, and citizenship in France, the Caribbean, and Africa. Her areas of expertise include Black women’s writings, anticolonial activism, and slavery in the French Atlantic. Her work centers marginalized voices and shows how their contributions can offer us new ways to think about contemporary cultural and political questions.

She is the author of Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire (University of Illinois Press 2020), published in France as Imaginer la libération: Des femmes noires face à l'empire (Éditions Rot-Bo-Krik 2023). She is also the co-editor of Shirley Graham Du Bois: Artist, Activist, and Author in the African Diaspora, forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press. Her new project, Enslaved Childhoods: Survival and Storytelling in the Atlantic World (under contract), examines what writings by enslaved children can teach us about history and narrative. Her work has been supported by awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, the American Philosophical Society, the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and others. Her research has been featured in public venues including Al Jazeera, HuffPost, Le Monde, Radio France Internationale, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post.

Current Appointments & Affiliations


John Spencer Bassett Associate Professor of Romance Studies · 2023 - Present Romance Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Associate Professor of Romance Studies · 2022 - Present Romance Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies · 2022 - Present Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications


Vanderbilt University · 2015 Ph.D.
Vanderbilt University · 2012 M.A.
Williams College · 2009 A.B.