Simone Stewart is a doctoral student working with Todd Shepard and studying identity politics in modern France. Her project focuses on how invocations of Jamaica and Jamaicans mattered in crucial French debates about French identity from Jamaican independence in 1962 until 1989. Talk of “Jamaica” allowed French people to speak directly about race—more specifically, about blackness—the Third World and, more broadly, racial and cultural differences in a post-decolonization era shaped by debates about May 1968, liberation, the Third World, and immigration. She previously received an MA from New York University, where she worked with Sylvia Maier and wrote a thesis entitled “La droite de la similarité: ‘Les français de souche’ and Ramifications for Muslim Integration into French Society." She enjoys collecting fine wines and writing fiction.
Main Advisor: Professor Shepard