About Me

I’m a French Professor at the University of Central Arkansas, where I specialize in 20th- and 21st-century French and Francophone literature, music, and culture. When I’m not writing or teaching, you can probably find me reading, running, or rock climbing.

I also enjoy helping other junior scholars, especially those at teaching institutions, navigate the tenure-track. I share advice on academic book publishing process, establishing sustainable routines, and how to find more time for the things that matter most to you on my blog.


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What Acquisitions Editors and Series Editors Do, and How that Affects your Book

Even though the resources I consulted when preparing my book proposal discussed the difference between an acquisitions (sometimes called an “acquiring” or “commissioning”) editor and a series editor, this distinction did not quite fully sink in until I was at the point of proposing my book. This post is meant to complement my post on …


Existing Research

I’ve worked on issues of race, ethnicity, and identity in contemporary France, primarily through immigration and racial and ethnic minority literature and popular music.

In this arena, I’ve published a book, Race on Display in 20th- and 21st-Century France, and three journal articles.

Where I’m Heading

My future research projects are evolving in two different directions. First, in a book-length project Afropea in the Airwaves, I will pick up where Race on Display left off, looking more closely at what I call the “intermedial” turn in Francophone Afropean literature. I am particularly interested in the materiality and intermediality of the textual form in works by Léonora Miano, Alain Mabanckou, Abd Al Malik, Insa Sané, Edgar Seklokoa, and Apkass. I’m also developing a related journal article on fatherhood in Afropean literature.

In the other project, I explore what I term “marginal monuments” of French colonialism. Each “monument”–defined broadly to include museums, buildings, ruins, plaques, and even digital creative work–is “marginal” in a different way: in the first half, I explore monuments such as the Bernehim Library or France’s Museum of Immigration that were physically displaced or overwritten. In the second half, I turn to monuments straddling the digital-analog divide through “Webdocumentaries,” new, and transmedia narratives, and interactive games.

Race on Display in 20th- and 21st-Century France

Citation: Race on Display in 20th- and 21st-Century France, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2016.

Race on Display in 20th- and 21st- Century France addresses a central tension in contemporary France: the relationship between race, ethnicity, immigration, and national identity. The project turns the tables on the rhetoric of “internal otherness,” asking its reader not to spot those deemed France’s so-called “others” but rather to deconstruct the very gazing impulses that produce them. This book is about how postcolonial Francophone immigrants and their descendants are made—and make themselves—visible in contemporary France’s socio-political, historical, and above all cultural realms. It understands “race” broadly, and, as such, places whiteness under scrutiny alongside racial and ethnic minorities.

This book draws from a diverse and engaging corpus of 20th- and 21st-century French and Francophone literature, fashion, dance, performance art, children’s comics, and popular music.

Read more about it on LUP’s website, or visit the book’s webpage to interact with the objects it studies.

Upcoming Conference Presentations & Talks

I try, when possible, to make webpages to accompany my conference presentations. Here are some of the conferences I will be attending in the near future. Hyperlinked titles will take you to the companion webpage, when available.