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Claire Bourhis-Mariotti is a Full Professor of American History and the Co-Director of the research unit TransCrit at the University of Paris 8. Her main research concentrates on nineteenth-century African American history, particularly the emigration and colonization movements, early Black organizing, the emergence of Black nationalism, and Black transnationalism. 

Her latest book, Wanted ! A Nation ! Black Americans and Haiti, 1804-1893 (University of Gerogia Press, 2023) is an English translation of her first monograph L’union fait la force : les Noirs américains et Haïti, 1804-1893 (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2016). She is also the author of Isaac Mason, une vie d’esclave (PURH, 2021), the French translation and critical edition of a postbellum slave narrative entitled Life of Isaac Mason as a Slave (Worcester, Ma., 1893). She is currently completing the manuscript of her next book (under contract with UGA Press, scheduled for publication in 2025), tentatively entitled The Colored Conventions Movement and the Long Struggle for Civil Rights.

With Hélène Le Dantec-Lowry and Claire Parfait she co-edited Writing History from the Margins : African Americans and the Quest for Freedom (Routledge) in 2017. She has contributed essays to Ending Slavery : The Abolitionist Struggle in Perspective (PULM, Fall 2021), In Search of Liberty : African American Internationalism in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World (UGA Press, July 2021), Traces and Memories of Slavery in the Atlantic World (Routledge, 2019), the Revue française d’études américaines, and IdeAs/Idées d’Amérique, among other peer-reviewed journals.

She is an active member of several American and international learned societies, and is, most notably, the Vice-President of the Scientific Board of the Institut des Amériques and the Vice President of the French learned society RéDEHJA (Réseau pour le Développement Européen de l’Histoire de la Jeune Amérique).

Convinced of the importance of developing a link between the whole population and the world of research, she carries out various actions for the popularization of science aimed at schoolchildren, high school students, as well as the general public (conferences, activities/workshops, media appearances, publications in mainstream journals and magazines, etc.).

NB. Full CV available upon request.

Administrative responsibilities (past and present)

  • Director of the master’s program in foreign languages and humanities since 2023.
  • Co-director of the research unit TransCrit since January 2020
  • Elected member of the TransCrit Research Unit Council since 2015 ; co-responsible for the research unit budget from 2015 to 2019
  • Vice-President of the Scientific Board of the Institut des Amériques.
  • General Secretary of the MICEFA (Mission Interuniversitaire de Coordination des Échanges Franco-Américains) from April 2021 to May 2023.
  • Head of the French language assistants exchange program (France Éducation Internationale / ex-CIEP) for the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures (Université Paris 8) from 2015 to 2023.
  • Scientific Advisor, Haut Conseil de l’évaluation de la Recherche et de l’Enseignement Supérieur (HCERES), Département d’évaluation des formations, from September 2015 to August 2020
  • Member of the Advisory Board for the certification label « Qualité Français Langue étrangère » ; Member of the Certifying Committee and of the Steering Committee for the certification label « Bienvenue en France » (for the HCERES) from 2019 to 2020
  • Vice President of the RéDEHJA (Réseau pour le Développement Européen de l’Histoire de la Jeune Amérique) since 2016, website manager since 2020 (and Secretary of the RéDEHJA from 2010 to 2016.
  • Secretary of the EEASA (European Early American Studies Association) from 2012 to 2018.