Trica D. Keaton
Associate Professor of African and African American Studies
Associate Professor of African Diaspora Studies
My research, teaching, and writings focus primarily on the social invention and lived experience of race, racialization, discrimination, and racism in France, continental Europe, and the U.S.A., as transnational sites in the African diaspora. I am also interested in practices of love, forgiveness, and recovery in response to these and related lived realities. In collaboration with a variety of scholars and activists, my research and teachings--including study abroad--seek to enrich two fascinating academic fields: Afro/Black French and Afro/Black European Studies.
I am currently completing a book on anti-blackness and anti-racism in contemporary metropolitan France and a co-authored book on the African diaspora with Mamadou Diouf. My other book publications are Muslim Girls and the Other France: Race, Identity Politics, and Social Exclusion (Indiana University Press, 2006; foreword by Manthia Diawara); Black Europe and the African Diaspora (co-edited with Darlene Clark Hine and Stephen Small), containing my chapter, “’Black (American) Paris’ and the ‘Other France’: The Race Question and Questioning Solidarity” (University of Illinois Press, 2009; foreword by Philomena Essed ); and Black France-France Noire: The History and Politics of Blackness (Duke University Press, 2012, co-edited with Tyler Stovall and derived from a co-organized conference with T. Stovall and Marcus Bruce; foreword by Christiane Taubira). Representative article publications, reflecting my research and teaching include, “Au Nègre Joyeux: Everyday Anti-Blackness Guised as Public Art.”Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art (special edition by Deborah Willis and Cheryl Finley; Duke, 2016); an autobiographical portrait on hair and beauty politics in Afro! Cheveux crépus, frisés…Les Afropéens s’Assument : 110 Portraits by Rokhaya Diallo et Brigitte Sombié (Broché, 2015); “Racial Profiling and the French Exception." French Cultural Studies (special edition by Dominic Thomas, Sage 2013); and “Black Paris/Paris Noir.” Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture by Carole Boyce Davies.
I am currently a Non-resident Fellow of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard, and my research has been recognized by the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center where I was a Residency Fellow in 2014. I was also a Fellow of Columbia University’s Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall in Paris, a visiting scholar at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and a Chateaubriand Fellow.