Mame-Fatou Niang


Mame-Fatou Niang.

Mame-Fatou Niang


Mame-Fatou Niang


Visiting Melodia E. Jones Endowed Chair
Associate Professor of French

Scholarly Interests

Blackness in contemporary France; Black/African diaspora; Film studies; Gender studies; Urban planning; Race and (de)commemoration


  • Ph.D.            French and Francophone Studies, Louisiana State University, (USA) May 2012.           
  • M.A.             Anglophone Studies, Université Lyon II, (France) May 2007.
  • Licence          Anglophone Studies, Université Lyon II, (France) May 2005.
  • Licence          Urban Planning, Université Lyon III, (France) May 2002.

Research Areas

Blackness in contemporary France; Black/African diaspora; Film studies; Gender studies; Urban planning; Race and (de)commemoration

Selected Publications

Book Manuscript

Identités Françaises: Banlieues, Féminités et Universalisme, Brill, 2019.


"Unsilenced Past: A Conversation with Maboula Soumahoro”. Unsilenced Past.  Debates in the Digital Humanities. Eds. Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein. University of Minnesota Press. 2021. (Refereed – forthcoming)

“Afro-French Women in the pan-African Movement”. Transnational African  Feminisms. Ed. Rama Salla Dieng. Présence Africaine. Paris (forthcoming).

"Mariannes Noires: Blackness in French”. Slaveries and Post-Slaveries. Paris: CNRS-USR 2002. 2020.

“Des particularités françaises de la négrophobie.” Racismes de France. Eds. Olivier Le Cour Grandmaison and Omar Slaouti. Paris: La Découverte, 2020. 151-169.

"The DiRosa Fresco and the Problematic Space of AfroFrenchness.” Monitor Racism, European University Institute/Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies. Florence, June 2019. (Refereed)

“De l’Ancrage des Expériences Noires dans l’Hexagone.” Africultures: Décentrer, Déconstruire, Décoloniser. Paris: Africultures, 2018. 34-49.

Courses Developed/Taught


82-502: The Making and Representations of the ‘Other’ in French Popular Culture (Developed)
82-416: The New Paris: Post-terror Impacts on the City of Light (Developed)
82-416: Growing Up Black or Asian in Contemporary France (Developed)
82-415: From the 1889 Paris Exposition to Charlie Hebdo: Cross-Cultural Encounters in French Society (Developed)
82-415: Paris Between Myths and Realities (Developed)
82-415: Cities and Suburban Spaces in French and Francophone Literature (Developed)
83-305: French in its Social Context
82-304: The Francophone World
82-303: Introduction to French Culture and Literature
82-201/202: Intermediate French 1 & 2

Recent Fellowships and Grants

2019     “The "Black (In)Visibilities Project"
Advancing Black Arts Grant
Awarded by The Heinz Endowments/The Pittsburgh Foundation.

2018     “Black France Multimedia Project 2019-2022”
Berkman Faculty Development Fund (Fall 2018)
Awarded by the Office of the Provost, Carnegie Mellon University.