Dominic-Thomas compressed 12.16.2014

Madeleine L. Letessier Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Chair of the Department of French and Francophone Studies, and Acting Chair of the departments of Germanic, Italian, and Scandinavian

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Research Interests
French politics, immigration, racism, globalization, European Union, Francophone Africa

Media Contact:
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Fellowships, Residencies and Other Appointments

  • Ph.D Yale University
  • William M. Scholl Foundation Chair in Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame, 1996-2000
  • Visiting Scholar, Program in African Studies, Northwestern University, 1999
  • Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, 1999-2000
  • Visiting Fellow, CRASSH, Cambridge University, U.K., 2004
  • Visiting Professor, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France, 2009
  • German-American Fulbright Commission Award (Germany and Belgium), 2011
  • Research Professor, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 2011-2012
  • Distinguished Foreign Visiting Scholar, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, 2015
  • Visiting Fellow, Humanities Research Centre, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 2015
  • Elected to the Academy of Europe, 2015


Nation-Building, Propaganda and Literature in Francophone Africa. Indiana University Press, 2002.

Black France: Colonialism, Immigration, and Transnationalism. Indiana University Press, 2007.

Africa and France: Postcolonial Cultures, Migration, and Racism Indiana University Press, 2013.

Noirs d’encre. Colonialisme, immigration et identité au cœur de la littérature afro-française. Paris: Editions La Découverte, 2013.

Co-authored books

New Francophone African and Caribbean Theatres. With John Conteh-Morgan. Indiana University Press, 2010.

La France noire. Trois siècles de présences. With Pascal Blanchard, Sylvie Chalaye, Éric Deroo and Mahamet Timera. Paris: Editions La Découverte, 2011.

La France noire. Présences et migrations des Afriques, des Amériques et de l’Océan Indien en France. With Pascal Blanchard, Sylvie Chalaye, Éric Deroo and Mahamet Timera. Paris: Editions La Découverte, 2012.

Like a Misunderstood Salvation and Other Poems  by Aimé Césaire. Translated and introduced with Annette Smith. Northwestern University Press, 2013.

Edited books

Museums in Postcolonial Europe. London and New York: Routledge, 2010.

A Companion to Comparative Literature. With Ali Behdad. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2011.

Colonial Culture in France since the Revolution. With Nicolas Bancel, Pascal Blanchard and Sandrine Lemaire. Indiana University Press, 2013.

Afroeuropean Cartographies. Cambridge Scholastic Publishing, 2014.

Francophone Afropean Literatures. With Nicki Hitchcott. University of Chicago / Liverpool University Press, 2014.

The Invention of Race: Scientific and Popular Representations. With Nicolas Bancel and Thomas David. London and New York: Routledge, 2014.

L'invention de la race. With Nicolas Bancel and Thomas David. Paris: Editions La Découverte, 2014

Vers la guerre des identités. De la fracture coloniale à la révolution ultranationale. With Pascal Blanchard and Nicolas Bancel. Paris: Editions La Découverte, 2016.

The Colonial Legacy in France: Fracture, Rupture, and Apartheid. With Pascal Blanchard and Nicolas Bancel. Paris: Indiana University Press, 2017.

Edited journals

Francophone Studies: New Landscapes. With Françoise Lionnet. Modern Language Notes 118.4 (September 2003).

Textual Ownership in Francophone African Literature. With Alec G. Hargreaves and Nicki Hitchcott. Research in African Literatures 37.1 (Spring 2006).

Global Francophone AfricaForum for Modern Language Studies 45.2 (April 2009).

Museums in Postcolonial EuropeAfrican and Black Diaspora: An International Journal 2.2 (July 2009).

Francophone Documentary Film. With Philippe Met. Special double edition of French Forum 35.2-3 (Spring/Fall 2010).

Francophone sub-Saharan African Literature in Global Contexts. With Alain Mabanckou. Yale French Studies 120 (2011).

Racial Advocacy in FranceFrench Cultural Studies 24.2 (May 2013).

The Charlie Hebdo Attacks and Their Aftermath. With Cécile Alduy and Bruce Cornellier. OCCASION, Volume 9 (2015)

Series Editor

Global African Voices, Indiana University Press