Competition: US & Canada
Born in Paris of a French mother and a French Caribbean (Guadeloupe) father, Bénédicte Boisseron is a scholar of African American, Afro-Caribbean, and Francophone Studies. Her work brings into conversation Black Diasporic Studies, Animal Studies, and the Environmental Humanities. Her first book, Creole Renegades: Rhetoric of Betrayal and Guilt in the Caribbean Diaspora (University Press of Florida, 2014), received the Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award from the Caribbean Philosophical Association and the Barbara Christian Prize for Best Book in the Humanities from the Caribbean Studies Association (Honorable Mention). Her second book, Afro-Dog: Blackness and the Animal Question (Columbia University Press, 2018), draws on current debates about black life and animal rights in the history and culture of the Americas and the Black Atlantic.
Bénédicte is a professor of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor and an external affiliate at the Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism and Racialisation, Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London. She has been awarded fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt foundation and the Animals & Society Institute/ Wesleyan University Animal Studies Program.