Abigail Celis

Abigail Celis

Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies and African Studies


Office Hours:

  • Wednesdays 4-6pm
Area(s) of Specialization: French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa, Visual arts and cinema, Literary arts, Museums and repatriation, Diaspora studies


Abigail E. Celis received her Ph.D in French and Francophone Literature from the University of Michigan. Her research and teaching centers on race and gender in the creative and critical expression of the sub-Saharan African diaspora in France, spanning a range of primary sources that include visual art, literature, cinema, and museum practices. Her scholarly production includes curatorial work and creative collaborations with practicing artists. She has published on the Dak'Art Biennale, colonial encounters in World literature, and on feminist Afro-French filmmakers, among other topics. Her current book project, Unsettled Belongings, brings together contemporary novels, museum exhibitions, and contemporary art installations to investigate the role of material objects in telling stories of migration, nationhood, and diasporic identity in France and West Africa. She has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Camargo Foundation, and the Lurcy Foundation for her research.