Sophia Azeb is a Postdoctoral and Faculty Fellow at Gallatin. She earned her doctorate in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and her research identifies historic articulations of blackness and black identity by diasporic writers, musicians, and artists based in Egypt, Algeria, and France during the height of the Third Worldist movement. Azeb’s dissertation, “Another Country: Black Americans, Arab Worlds, 1952-1979,” constructs a multilingual Afro-Arab cultural archive to analyze how the entangling of distinctive and varied experiences of blackness among Arab/African diasporic subjects fomented new and expansive articulations of blackness and the African diaspora across and through the boundaries of difference. Azeb often writes on the contemporary resonance of her research interests for the critical media blog Africa is a Country, and her work on translational blackness in the Arab world has most recently appeared in the Chimurenga Chronic.
Teaching and Research Interests
black cultural studies; diaspora theory; African and African diasporic literature and film in French, Arabic, and in translation; race and sport; the black radical imagination; global Islam; Third Worldism
B.A. African American Studies & History, SUNY Buffalo, 2008 M.A. American Studies, SUNY Buffalo, 2011 Ph.D. American Studies, University of Southern California, 2016