LSU Professor Keith Sandiford Awarded Fanon Prize
BATON ROUGE – LSU Professor of English and Atlantic Studies Keith Sandiford was awarded the 2012 Frantz Fanon Prize for Lifetime Achievement by the Caribbean Philosophical Association, or CPA, in recognition of his overall contribution to Caribbean thought. The Awards Committee reached its decision by unanimous vote, and the CPA conferred the honor at its international meeting held in July at the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad.
Proclaimed by the association’s president, Professor Lewis Gordon of Temple University, the official citation recognized the influence of Sandiford’s books, “Measuring the Moment” and “The Cultural Politics of Sugar” particularly, for the ways they link literary theory with political economy and prefigure his subsequent publications in Atlantic studies. Mireille Fanon-Mendes-France, Fanon’s daughter, conferred the award.
Sandiford joins a prominent group of distinguished Caribbeanists, including Paget Henry, Catherine Reindhardt and Brinda Mehta; Latin Americanists, including Walter Mignolo; Atlanticists, including Michel Rolph-Trouillot; and Africanists, including Molefi Kete Asante, who have been previous recipients of this prize.
Sandiford is the Brij Mohan Distinguished Professor for Volunteer Service and president and chairman of the The Millennium Fund. His areas of interest include 18th-century British literature and cultural studies and 18th-century Atlantic intellectual history. He received his bachelor’s degree from Inter‐American University of Puerto Rico and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana‐Champaign.