Core Faculty Member

Jean-Baptiste, Shanna

Shanna Jean-Baptiste is Assistant Professor in the Department of French at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Her research and teaching interests include Francophone West African and Caribbean literatures, particularly Haitian literature; identity formation and gender politics; visual art and music; and Afrofuturist aesthetics in the Francophone world. She is currently working on two book manuscripts: the first one charts a literary history of national belonging and unbelonging and traces a genealogy of anticolonial and anti-imperial discourses in nineteenth-century Haitian literature and history; the second one looks at articulations of futurity and Afrofuturism in the Francophone world.


Ph.D., Yale University
M.A., Yale University
B.A., City College of New York, CUNY
A.A., Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY 

Fields of Research: 

Afrofuturist aesthetics in the French-speaking world
Nineteenth-century Haitian literature
Caribbean and West African literatures
Identity Formation and Gender politics
Diaspora Studies
Visual Art and Music
Digital Humanities 

Graduate Courses:

Intimacy and Violence in the Haitian Novel
Francophone Afrofuturism 

Undergraduate Courses: 

Francophone Afrofuturism
French Civilization from the Revolution to the Present
Modern French Literature