Professor of French and Postcolonial Studies, University of Stirling

I joined the University of Stirling in 2000. I have published widely on postcolonial topics: Francophone African literature and cinema; politics and culture in Senegal; national identity debates in France.

I am currently working on two projects that engage with the history of pan-Africanism: the first examines black anti-colonial movements in the interwar period; the second traces the development of pan-African cultural festivals since the 1950s.

I have published widely on Francophone African, and particularly Senegalese, culture, as well on the relationship between Francophone and Postcolonial Studies, and have published articles on these topics in journals such as New Left Review, French Cultural Studies, Third Text and Research in African Literatures.

I am the author of two monographs, Sembene: Imagining Alternatives in Film and Fiction (James Currey, 2000), and (with Patrick Williams), Postcolonial African Cinema: Ten Directors (Manchester University Press, 2007). I am also co-editor of several collections of essays: with Aedín Ní Loingsigh, Thresholds of Otherness (Grant & Cutler, 2002); with Charles Forsdick, Francophone Postcolonial Studies (Arnold, 2003), and Postcolonial Thought in the French-Speaking World (Liverpool University Press, 2009); with Michelle Keown and James Procter, Comparing Postcolonial Diasporas (Palgrave, 2009).

I completed a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship (Jan-Dec 2012), which allowed me to complete a monograph on the Senegalese anti-colonial militant Lamine Senghor (to be published by Verso in 2016).


  • –present
    Professor of French and Postcolonial Studies, University of Stirling


  • 1998 
    Trinity College, Dublin, PhD, French