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What was your previous position and where?I have held several positions prior to joining LSU. I held a tenured faculty position in English at Arizona State University from 1997-2004 and was a visiting associate professor of women’s studies at Smith College from 2002-2004, where I was also the editor in chief of the transnational journal, Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism. Just prior to joining LSU, I held a research fellowship at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?My hope is to contribute to a growing Caribbean and postcolonial studies program inter-departmentally and to the creative writing program. I also have a strong interest in contributing to the Flagship Agenda through the strengthening of our graduate programs in English, especially in terms of diversity and the recruitment of up-and-coming scholars in areas not yet well represented in the college through post-doctoral and graduate student recruitments.
What are your major accomplishments?I received my Ph.D. at the age of 24 and was first tenured at 27 on the strength of the publication of two books of scholarship, one of which won a national award and the other of which has become foundational to the emergence of the field of Haitian women’s studies. My first novel, published in 2003, was shortlisted for an international Commonwealth prize on a long list, which included Margaret Atwood, and in 2004, Meridians received a national prize for the years of my editorship.