Trica Keaton

Academic Appointments
  • Marie-Curie Fellow - The French Institute for Advanced Study - IMéRA, 2024-2025

  • The Russell Ladd Newcomb 1926 Fellow, 2023-2024

  • Affiliated Faculty - Departments of Sociology and Film & Media Studies

  • CV available upon request

Trica Keaton is an interdisciplinary social scientist whose research, writings, and courses focus on Black French & European Studies; racialization, race, racism and their intersections; and identity politics in France, Western Europe, and the United States. Her book publications include #You Know You're Black in France When...: The Fact of Everyday Antiblackness (The MIT Press, 2023) - shortlisted for the American Library in Paris Book Award and selected by Choice - Black France / France Noire: The History and Politics of Blackness (co-edited, Duke University Press); Black Europe and the African Diaspora (co-edited, University of Illinois Press); and Muslim Girls and the Other France: Race, Identity Politics, and Social Exclusion (Indiana University Press). She is on the editorial board of On Seeing (The MIT Press and Brown University Library), a book series devoted to centering underrepresented perspectives in visual culture. She has organized a number of conferences and events on Black French Studies throughout her caree which have contributed to the evolution of the field. She is the recipient of several competitive awards and fellowships, including from the French Institute for Advanced Study - IMéRA, Dartmouth College's Scholarly Innovation and Advancement Award, the Mellon Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, the Ford Foundation, Columbia University's Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall in Paris, and the Chateaubriand Fellowship. She also created and directs an award-winning study away program, the Afro/Black Paris Foreign Study Program, additionally captured here: "The Black Experience in the City of Light."



Haldeman Center, Room 367
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African and African American Studies


  • University of California, Berkeley: Ph.D. with distinction - Education (Sociology of Education and African Diaspora Studies), 2001
  • École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France: Doctoral Studies in Sociology, 1998-2000
  • University of California, Los Angeles: M.A. - Applied Linguistics (Language Policy and Immigration in France), 1992
  • Middlebury College: M.A. - French, 1991
  • University of California, Los Angeles: B.A. - Linguistics and French

Selected Publications

  • Books (monographs and edited volumes)

    Black Roles, Black Refusal: Racialized Representations in Post-2005 French Cinema, In progress
    #You Know You're Black in France When...The Fact of Everyday Antiblackness, MIT Press, 2023
    Black France / France Noire: The History and Politics of Blackness, (co-edited), Duke University Press, 2012
    Black Europe and the African Diaspora, (co-edited), University of Illinois Press, 2009
    Muslim Girls and the Other France: Race, Identity Politics, and Social Exclusion, Indiana University Press, 2006

    Selected Articles and Other Publications

    "Why are French Authorities acknowledging racial profiling but doing nothing about it?" Contexts (Sociology for the Public), January 12, 2024,

    "Race," in Keywords for African American Studies (New York: New York University Press, 2018): 163-167

    "Au Nègre Joyeux: Everyday Anti-blackness Guised as Public Art," Nka: The Journal of Contemporary African Art (2016): 52-58

    "Review of Afro-Nordic Landscapes: Equality and Race in Northern Europe by Michael McEachrane (ed), The Black Scholar 46, no. 1 (2016): 77-80

    "Racial Profiling and the 'French Exception.'" French Cultural Studies, 24, no. 2 (2013): 231-242

    "Euzhan Palcy: Creative Dissent, Artistic Reckoning—An Interview by Trica Danielle Keaton," Palimpsest (2012): 116-134

    "Racial Profiling: France and the U.S." (part 1 and part 2), Racism Review, 2012,

    "The Defiant One: Euzhan Palcy," Feminist Wire, 2011,

    "The Politics of Race-Blindness: (Anti)blackness and Category Blindness in Contemporary France," Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, 7, no.1 (2010): 103-131

    "Le Septième Art in Black: 'Black French Cinema' and the 'Black' Presence in France," American Center France (U.S. Embassy, Paris, France), 2010 [removed]

    "'Black (American) Paris' and the 'Other France': The Race Question and Questioning Solidarity," In Black Europe and the African Diaspora, eds. D. Clark Hine, T. Keaton, and S. Small, eds. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009)

    "Black Paris/Paris Noir," in Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture, (Westport, CT: ABC-CLIO Press/Greenwood Publishing, 2008): 187-188

    "Review of Josephine Baker in Art and Life: The Icon and the Image by Bennetta Jules-Rosette," Journal of American Studies, 42, no.  2 (2008): 2

     "Arrogant Assimilationism: National Identity Politics and African Origin Muslim Girls in the Other France," Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 36, no. 4 (2005): 405-423

    "Un Regard Afro-américain sur une 'Cité' de la Banlieue Parisienne : Les Courtillières," Agone: Sociologie, Histoire & Politique, 29-30 (2003) : 121-134

     "Review of We Won't Budge: An African Exile in the World by Manthia Diawara," African Studies Review, 46, no 3 (2003): 175-176

    "Muslim Girls and the 'Other France': An Examination of Identity Construction," Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 5, no. 1 (1999): 47-64