Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies
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.
Areas of Interest
- 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
Selected Awards and Honors
- “The "Black (In)Visibilities Project" Advancing Black Arts Grant (2019-2020) Awarded by The Heinz Endowments/The Pittsburgh Foundation.
Selected Community, University, and Professional Service
- 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.
- Mame-Fatou Niang (2019). "Identités Françaises: Banlieues, Féminités et Universalisme", Brill.
- Mame-Fatou Niang (2002). “Mariannes Noires: Blackness in French”. Slaveries and Post-Slaveries. Paris: CNRS-USR.
- Mame-Fatou Niang(2020). “Des particularités françaises de la négrophobie.” Racismes de France. Eds. Olivier Le Cour Grandmaison and Omar Slaouti. Paris: La Découverte, 2020. 151-169.
- Mame-Fatou Niang, Julien Suaudeau. (2020). “21st-century universalism will be anti-racist, or it won't be at all”. Rosa Luxemburg. 26 Oct. 2020.
- Mame-Fatou Niang. (2020).“France’s summer of racial reckoning”. The Jacobin x Rosa Luxemburg. 3 Sept. 2020.