My scholarly work spans French and Francophone studies, cinema studies, and postcolonial studies, particularly in the relationship between French and British colonialism and between theory generated in these two languages. At the Suzy Newhouse Center, which I directed from July 2015 to June 2018, I have been involved in a range of scholarly, artistic, and administrative endeavors with a particular focus on postcolonialism, South Asia studies, critical race studies, and the humanities and liberal arts. My books, Hybridity: Limits,Transformations, Prospects (SUNY 2007), and Contemporary Cinema of Africa and the Disapora (Wiley-Blackwell 2014), both inform my teaching at all levels.
I've contributed to a number of volumes and collections, and my work has appeared in journals such as PMLA, Diacritics, Levinas Studies, Cinema Journal, Research in African Literatures, French Forum, Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature, International Journal of Francophone Studies, Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, Contemporary Literary Studies.
My current project focuses on a South Indian ruler, Tipu Sultan, who was the last bastion of resistance to a British India in the eighteenth century. Tipu's relationship with the British in contrast to his relationship with France, which he saw as an ally against Britain in India, represents a fertile space from which to study a significant moment in world history. Other ongoing projects are on Frantz Fanon, Assia Djebar, and Stuart Hall.
Beyond Wellesley, I have served extensively in the Modern Language Association: (a) Postcolonial Division Executive Committee (b) Northeast representative to the Delegate Assembly (c) Program Committee (d) African Literature Division (currently serving) (e) Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional Rights and Responsibilities. I currently serve on the Editorial Boards of PMLA, Research in African Literatures, The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, and the Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy.
Further from my academic life, you might find me seeking doses of humility at a shotokan karate dojo here in the area or in a distant part of the world. Training with my sons to earn a black belt later in life has been life altering and affirming. Hanging out with all my boys is a sure way to find adventure... and exercise!