Carnegie Mellon University

Noémie Ndiaye

Noémie Ndiaye

Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature

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Pittsburgh, PA 15213


I am an Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature. I hold a Ph.D. in Theatre from the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, and I am a former student of the Sorbonne University and the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris). My research focuses on early modern theatre across Europe. In my book in progress, “Marking Blackness: Embodied Techniques of Racialization in Early Modern European Theatre,” I dissect the stagecraft used in early modern theatre to represent and racialize Africans and Afro-descendants across borders, in England, France, and Spain. I close-read plays, paratexts, images, treatises, ballads, and historical records to reconstruct the way Africans and Afro-descendants looked, sounded, and moved on stage—focusing on techniques of embodiment such as blackface, black talk, and black dances. My research was published in journals such as Renaissance DramaEarly Theatre, and is forthcoming in Transnational Networks in Early Modern Theatre, edited by M.A. Katritzky and Pavel Drábek, as well as the new Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance Historiography, edited by Tracy C. Davis and Peter Marx. My academic interests include early modern drama, literature, and culture, transnational and comparative literature, Shakespeare, theatre history, performance studies, race studies, colonialism and post-colonialism, gender and sexuality studies, acting, and translation (English, French, Spanish).