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08/24/21 - BOSTON, MA - Regine Jean-Charles, College of Social Sciences and Humanities. Photo by Adam Glanzman for Northeastern University

Director of Africana Studies, Dean’s Professor of Culture and Social Justice, and Professor of Africana Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Régine Michelle Jean-Charles is a Black feminist literary scholar and cultural critic who works at the intersection of race, gender, and justice. Her scholarship and teaching in Africana Studies includes expertise on Black France, Sub-Saharan Africa, Caribbean literature, Haiti, and the diaspora. She is the author of Conflict Bodies: The Politics of Rape Representation in the Francophone Imaginary (Ohio State University Press, 2014), as well as the forthcoming Looking for Other Worlds: Black Feminism, Literary Ethics, and Haitian Fiction (University of Virginia Press) and A Trumpet of Conscience for the 21st Century: King’s Call to Justice (Orbis Press). She is also a regular contributor to media outlets like The Boston Globe, Ms. Magazine, WGBH, America Magazine, and Cognoscenti, where she has weighed in on topics including #metoo, higher education, and issues affecting the Haitian diaspora.

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1. Conflict Bodies: The Politics of Rape Representation in the Francophone Imaginary. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2014. Paperback Edition 2016.

2. A Trumpet of Conscience for the 21st Century. New York: Orbis Press (In press).

3. Looking for Other Worlds: Black Feminism, Literary Ethics, and Haitian Fiction. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, Forthcoming in 2022.

Recent Publications

1. “Contestations in Black Feminisms.” Oppositional Conversations. May 2021.

2. “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.

3. “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.

4. “Nou pa gen vizibilite: Haitian Girlhood and the Logics of (In)Visibility.” The Black Scholar 50. 4 (Oct/Nov 2020): 43-53.

5. “Locations of Identity: Littérature-mondaine and the Ethics of Class in Évelyne Trouillot’s Le Rond-point.” Francophone Literatures and World Literatures. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2020. 194-205.

6. “Perceiving the Relationships in Nature: An Ecofeminist Reading of La Légende des fleurs” Marie Chauvet’s Theaters of Revolt: Action, Aesthetics and Adaptation. Eds. Christian Flaugh and Lena Taub. Amsterdam: Brill, 2019. 13-30.

7. “The Affect and Aesthetics of Fear in Evelyne Trouillot’s Novels” Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender and the Black International 8.1 (2019): 15-21.

8. “Refugee: ‘When Home is the Mouth of a Shark’” Keywords for African-American Studies. Eds. Erica Edwards, Roderick Ferguson and Jeffrey Ogbar. New York: New York University Press, 2018. 172-74.

9. “Occupying the Center: Haitian Girlhood and Wake Work.” Small Axe 57 (November 2018): 40-50.

  • National Women’s Studies Association
  • Haitian Studies Association
  • Caribbean Studies Association
“Madan Sara tells the Story of Haitian Women Who Are Bother Ordinary and Extraordinary” Ms. Magazine 1 March 2021. “Haitian Politics and Dreams for My Father” Ms. Magazine 12 February 2021. “Amy Coney Barrett’s ‘Happy-Go-Lucky Haitian Children’…” Ms. Magazine 21 October 2020. “I’ve Had to Prepare My Classroom for Two Pandemics.” The Boston Globe. 13 September 2020.


Course catalog
  • Black Feminisms 101

  • Race, Gender, and Justice

  • Transforming a Rape Culture