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Dominic Thomas

Madeleine L. Letessier Professor And Chair of Digital Humanities

E-mail: dominict@humnet.ucla.edu Office: Royce Hall 224A Fields of interest: European politics, immigration, racism, globalization, Francophone Africa

Dominic Thomas is Madeleine L. Letessier Professor in the Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies, Gutenberg Chair in Ecology and Propaganda at the University of Strasbourg (France), and Associate Member of the Centre of International History and Political Studies of Globalization at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). He is CNN/CNN International European Affairs Commentator, and author, co-author, editor or co-editor of works on contemporary African and European culture and politics, including Black France(2007), Museums in Postcolonial Europe (2010), La France noire (2011), Francophone sub-Saharan African Literature in Global Contexts (2011), Africa and France (2013), Racial Advocacy in France (2013), Colonial Culture in France since the Revolution  (2014), Francophone Afropean Literatures (2014), The Invention of Race (2014), The Charlie Hebdo events and their aftermath (2016), Vers la guerre des identités (2016), The Colonial Legacy in France (2017), Global France, Global French (2017), Sexe, race & colonies (2018), Sexualités, identités, et corps colonisés (2019), Visualizing Empire: Africa, Europe, and the Politics of Representation (2021), Colonisation et Propagande. Le pouvoir de l’image (2022), Histoire Globale de la France coloniale (2022), and Olympisme, une autre histoire du monde (2024). He edits the Global African Voices series at Indiana University Press that focuses on translations of African literature into English, and has translated works by Aimé Césaire, Sony Labou Tansi, Alain Mabanckou, Emmanuel Dongala, and Abdourahman Waberi.


  • PhD, Yale

Honors and Awards

  • Gutenberg Prize, Cercle Gutenberg, France, 2022
  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, 2022
  • Elected to the Global Diplomacy Lab, 2022
  • Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, French government, 2016
  • Elected to the Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea), September 2015
  • German-American Fulbright Commission Award (Germany and Belgium), 2011
  • Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, French government, 2007

Fellowships, Residencies and Other Appointments

  • Visiting Fellow, CRASSH, Cambridge University, U.K., 2004
  • Visiting Professor, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France, 2009
  • Invited Researcher, Musée Quai Branly, Paris, France, 2010
  • German-American Fulbright Commission Award (Germany and Belgium), 2011
  • Inaugural Magnet Scholar, Amherst Five-College Faculty Seminar, April 2011
  • Research Professor, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 2011-2012
  • Visiting Fellow, Humanities Research Centre, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 2015
  • Distinguished Foreign Visiting Scholar, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, 2015
  • Visiting Scholar, Faculty Enhancement Program, University of Montana, March 2016
  • Guest Professor-in-Residence, University of Linnaeus, Sweden, December 2021
  • International Scholar, Erasmus Mundus and European Literary Cultures, University of Strasbourg, France, March 2022
  • Invited Resident, The American Academy in Berlin, Andrew W. Mellon Workshop, June 2022