Kaiama L. Glover

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Professor of African American Studies
81 Wall Street Room 403

Professor Glover’s research, writing, and teaching are situated at the intersection of French, francophone, Caribbean, and Haitian literary studies. Her work explores phenomena of border-crossing, marginality, gender, and canon-formation, querying––through rigorous textual study––the shifting categories of ‘center’ and ‘margins’ as they are constituted across the postcolonial Afro-Americas. Her work has been supported by fellowships at the New York Public Library Cullman Center, the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination in Paris, the PEN/Heim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Mellon Foundation.

Her published monographs include A Regarded Self: Caribbean Womanhood and the Ethics of Disorderly Being (Duke UP, 2021) and Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon (Liverpool UP, 2010), and she is currently at work on an intellectual biography, “For the Love of Revolution: René Depestre and the Poetics of a Radical Life.” Professor Glover’s scholarship has appeared in The French ReviewResearch in African LiteraturesPublic BooksSmall AxeThe Journal of Postcolonial Writings, and The Journal of Haitian Studies, among other publications, and she has edited several collected volumes, including Translating the Caribbean for Small Axe (2015), Maryse Condé: A Writer for Our Times and Marie Vieux Chauvet: Paradoxes of the Postcolonial Feminine for Yale French Studies (2021 and 2016, respectively); The Haiti Exception (Liverpool UP 2016); andThe Haiti Reader (Duke UP 2020).

Professor Glover is an award-winning translator of francophone fiction and non-fiction, among which, Frankétienne’s Ready to Burst (2014), Marie Chauvet’s Dance on the Volcano (2016), René Depestre’s Hadriana in All My Dreams (2017), Françoise Vergès’s The Wombs of Women: Capitalism, Racialization, Feminism (2019), and Maboula Soumahoro’s Black is the Journey, Africana the Name (2021). She is the founding co-editor of archipelagos | a journal of Caribbean digital praxis and the founding co-director of the digital humanities project In the Same Boats: Toward an Afro-Atlantic Intellectual Cartography. She has contributed regularly to the New York Times Book Review, been a host on the PBS program History Detectives: Special Investigations, and is the co-host of WRITING HOME | American Voices from the Caribbean.


FASAAS African American Studies Dept