Dean’s Professor of Culture and Social Justice Director of Africana Studies
- Race, gender, and justice
- Black feminism
- Haitian Studies
- African diasporic literatures
- Rape culture
- Black France
- World literatures in French
- Girlhood studies
Current Research Project:
Professor Jean-Charles’s first book is Conflict Bodies: The Politics of Rape Representation in the Francophone Imaginary (Ohio State University Press, 2014).
She has two forthcoming books:
A Trumpet of Conscience for the 21st Century (Orbis Press, 2021) is a trade book that looks at three social justice movements—the movement for Black Lives, #metoo, and prison abolition through the lens of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s lesser-known speeches in The Call to Conscience.
Looking for Other Worlds: Black Feminism and Haitian Fiction (University of Virginia Press, 2022)is a critical study of three contemporary Haitian authors Yanick Lahens, Kettly Mars, and Évelyne Trouillotthat will be out early next year.
She is currently working on a fourth book tentatively entitled, Ti Fi at the Center: Holding Haitian Girlhood which explores visual and literary representations of Haitian girls, and is in the very early stages of a project about the intersections of race, gender, and justice in Black France.
“Somebody, Anybody Sing a Black Girl’s Song…Edwidge Danticat and Haitian Girlhood.” The Bloomsbury Companion to Edwidge Danticat. Eds. Jana Braziel and Nadège Clitandre. London: Bloomsbury Press, 2021.161-75.
“Getting Around the Poto Mitan: Reconstructing Haitian Womanhood.” Eds. Valérie Orlando and Cécile Accilien. Teaching Haiti Beyond Literature: History, Politics, Culture. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2021. 15-33.
“Nou pa gen vizibilite: Haitian Girlhood and the Logics of (In)Visibility.” The Black Scholar 50. 4 (Oct/Nov 2020): 43-53.
“Locations of Identity: Class and Diaspora in the Evelyne Trouillot’s Le Rond-point.” Francophone Literatures and World Literatures. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2020. 194-205.
“Gender, Unruliness, and Ecology in the Global Caribbean,” Global Caribbean Symposium, “The Global Caribbean: Resisting Borders of Geography and Identity,” Stanford University, May 2021.
“I Look for Other Worlds: The Art of Haitian Feminism.” Williams College, April 2021.
A Keynote Conversation with Black Lives Matter Founder Patrisse Cullors, Boston College Women’s Summit, February 2021.
Ms. Magazine 12 February 2021. “Amy Coney Barrett’s ‘Happy-Go-Lucky Haitian Children’…”
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