Carnegie Mellon University

Mame-Fatou Niang

Mame-Fatou Niang

Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies

341 Posner Hall
Department of Modern Languages
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Education: Ph.D., Louisiana State University, (USA), French and Francophone Studies. M.A Université Lyon II, (France) Anglophone Studies. BA Université Lyon II, (France) . Licence, English and Urban Planning.


I am an Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies and the author of Identités Françaises (Brill, 2019). I am also a photographer and the co-author of a photo series on Black French Islam. In 2015, I co-directed “Mariannes Noires: Mosaïques Afropéennes” with Kaytie Nielsen, a sophomore in my French class. The film follows seven Afro-French women as they investigate the pieces of their mosaic identities, and unravel what it means to be Black and French, Black in France. I have collaborated with Slate, Jacobin, and several news outlets in France.

I am currently working on a second manuscript tentatively titled Mosaica Nigra: Blackness in 21st-century France.

  • Blackness in contemporary France
  • Black/African diaspora
  • Film studies
  • Gender in urban studies
  • Race and (de)commemoration.
  • 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: Cities and Suburban Spaces in French and Francophone Literature (Developed)
  • 82-201/202: Intermediate French 1 & 2
  • “The "Black (In)Visibilities Project" Advancing Black Arts Grant (2019-2020) Awarded by The Heinz Endowments/The Pittsburgh Foundation.
  • Member Governing Council of the Western Society for French History.
  • Member Faculty Diversity Committee, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2019-.
  • Member Dean Reappointment Committee College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, 2018-2019.
  • Member Jennings Brave Companion Fund Committee, 2016, 2018, 2019.
  • Member Faculty Senate representing Modern Languages, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012-2014; 2016-2017; 2019-2020.

Department Member Since 2012