Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Z'etoile Imma

Michael S. Field Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts

Contact Info
zimma@tulane.edu

Department Affiliation
Department of English
Africana Studies

Degrees
  • Ph.D., 2012, University of Virginia, English Language and Literature
  • B.A., 2004, CUNY Baccalaureate Program/Brooklyn College, Global Black Literature
Academic Experience
  • Michael S. Field Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts, Tulane University, English and Africana Studies, 2018-
  • Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame, English, 2013-2017

Research & Teaching Specializations:
African Cultural Studies: Literature, Film, and New Media; African Gender and Sexualities Studies; Black Feminisms; Africana Studies; Postcolonial Theory, Decolonization and Black Political Thought; Black Geographies; Literature and Globalization; Black Visual Culture, Haiti and the Caribbean in Global South Studies

Related Experience
  • Coordinator, Tulane University, Africana Studies Faculty Lecture Series, 2018-19
  • Member, Ad-hoc Undergraduate Studies Committee, Tulane University, Department of English, 2017
  • Program Co-chair, ND Gender Studies Bi-Annual Conference
    Representative, ND Gender Studies: Steering Committee Elected Humanities, 2014-2015,
  • Elected At-Large Representative, ND Gender Studies: Steering Committee Elected Humanities , 2015-2018
  • Member, ND English: African American Literature Open Rank Search Committee, 2014-2015
  • Callaloo Conference Committee, 2015-present
  • Member, Haitian Studies Association ND Conference Host Committee, 2014
  • Technical Editor, Irinkerindo: Journal of African Migration, 2011-present
  • Graduate Coordinator, Haiti Working Group, 2010-2012
  • Member, UVA Graduate Diversity Advisory Committee, 2007-2012
Distinctions
  • Board of Regents Award to Louisiana Artists and Scholars, 2020-2021
  • Career Enhancement Fellowship,, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 2020
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Ford Foundation, 2015-2016
  • Large Humanities Research Grant, Institute for the Study of Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame, 2015
  • Moreau Postdoctoral Fellowship for Faculty Diversity, University of Notre Dame, 2012-13
  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women and Gender Studies, Rutgers University, 2012-2014 (declined)
  • Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies * Predoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Virginia, 2010-2012
  • Travel Research Grant, University of Virginia English Department, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
  • Graduate Student Fellowship, African Studies Association Women‘€™s Caucus, 2005
  • Mellon Mays Minority Graduate Fellowship, 2004-present
Languages:
  • French
  • Haitian Kreyol
Selected Publications
  • Under review. “Introduction: The Possibilities and Intimacies of Queer African Screen Cultures,” co-authored with Lindsey Green-Simms. Journal of African Cultural Studies.
  • 2019. “Introduction: Why Southern Feminisms?” co-authored with Deirdre Byrne, Agenda Special Issue on Southern Feminisms, Winter, 33:3, 2-7.
  • 2017. “Black, Queer, and Precarious Visibilities: Reading Simon Nkoli‘€™s Activist Image in South Africa’s EXIT Newspaper,” Callaloo, Summer, 40.3.
  • 2017. “Rewriting the Sierra Leone TRC: Masculinities, the Arts of Forgetting, and Intimate Space in Delia Jarrett-Macauley’s Moses, Citizen, and Me and Aminatta Forna’s The Memory of Love,” Research in African Literatures, Summer, 48:2, 129-151
  • 2016. “(Re)Visualizing Black Lesbian Lives, (Trans)Masculinity, and Township Space the Documentary Work of Zanele Muholi,” Journal of Lesbian Studies, Special Issue on Female Same-Sex Sexualities in Africa, Winter, 20:5, 219-241
  • 2013. ““I am the Rape”: Exile, Sexual Violence, and the Body in the Poems of Dambudzo Marechera,” Pp. 39-51 in Women, Gender, and Sexualities in Africa. Edited by Toyin Falola and Nana Amponsah. Carolina Academic Press.
  • 2011. “‘Just Ask the Scientists’: Troubling the ‘Venus Hottentot’ and Scientific Racism in Bessie Head’s Maru and Ama Ata Aidoo’s Our Sister Killjoy,” Pp. 137-147 in Representation and Black Womanhood: The Legacy of Sarah Baartman. Edited by Natasha Gordon-Chipembere. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 2009. “Under Western Eyes: The Gaze and the African Woman Body in Ousmane Sembéne’s Moolaadé,” Visions: An Academic Journal of the English Department of Medgar Evers College, CUNY, Issue 1, Vol 1: 44-50.
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