Annette Joseph-Gabriel is a PhD candidate in the department of French and Italian at Vanderbilt University. She is a recipient of the 2013 Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics.
Her dissertation, titled Women Subverting Empire: Gender and Anticolonial Politics in the Francophone World, examines francophone African and Antillean women’s anticolonial political activism as articulated through their literary production.
Joseph-Gabriel is the author of “From Tropiques to L’isolé soleil: Suzanne Césaire’s Politics and Poetics of Liberation” forthcoming in the International Journal of Francophone Studies, and “Creolizing Freedom: French-Creole Translations of Liberty and Equality in the Haitian Revolution” forthcoming in Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies.
As a Vanderbilt Humanities Arts Science and Technology Collaboratory (HASTAC) Scholar, Joseph-Gabriel is working on a digital mapping and visualization project that examines mobility as a strategy of anticolonial resistance, by tracing the travels of black women activists through West and Central Africa in the mid-twentieth century. She is currently the managing editor of Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International.