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Associate Dean Gladys M. Francis, Howard University Washington, D.C. USA
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Gladys M Francis, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Student Affairs & The Humanities

  • Dean's Office
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Professor of Africana, French and Francophone Studies
    World Languages & Cultures

Biography

English:

Dr. Gladys M. Francis serves as Associate Dean for Academic Student Affairs and the Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences at Howard University. In this role, she also establishes infrastructures to support experiential learning to ensure that all the students in the College of Arts and Sciences benefit fully from Howard’s location in the nation’s capital as well as globally.

Associate Dean Francis is a native of Guadeloupe. As Professor of Africana, French, and Francophone Studies, Dr. Francis explores issues of identify formation, race, gender, trauma, and cohesive intercultural immersion through the arts. Her transdisciplinary research involves: Theory and cultural Studies; Africana Studies; Postcolonial Studies; Visual and Media Studies; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Dr. Francis counts numerous invited lectures, interviews, workshops and consulting across the globe to present her scholarship and her efforts on issues of community activism, diversity, equity, social justice and inclusion. She has fundraised approximately 5 million dollars to: create network technology and digital education initiatives; facilitate, promote, and disseminate innovative and collaborative research; develop consortia of cooperation with international stakeholders that offer career preparedness, internships, and global research opportunities to students, faculty and staff.

She is the recipient of numerous research grants and awards (i.e., two Endowed Weber Chairs in the Humanities; several Outstanding Teaching Awards; the 2019 Outstanding Faculty Diversity Award); various research fellowships (in Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe), several honorary visiting professorships (in Europe and South America), and a Digital Champions Fellowship.

Associate Dean Francis counts over forty articles on her research interests. Her books include Amour, sexe, genre et trauma dans la Caraïbe francophone  (L’Harmattan, 2016), Odious Caribbean Women: The Palpable Aesthetics of Transgression (Lexington Books, 2017), Epopée Créole : Histoires en transgression (L’Harmattan, fall 2022), and Fabienne Kanor in Transgression (The University of Virginia Press, fall 2022).

 

Français:

Gladys M. Francis est doyenne et professeure des universités à la Howard University où elle dirige le Bureau des affaires académiques et administratives des étudiants ainsi que la division des sciences humaines de la Faculté des arts et des sciences (COAS). Elle est également responsable du développement de programmes d'études innovants et internationaux pour tous les départements académiques de la COAS.

Dr. Francis est originaire de la Guadeloupe. Elle se spécialise en études africaines, francophones, culturelles et théoriques. Ses récents travaux interdisciplinaires portent sur l’esthétique des représentations du corps souffrant dans la littérature et les arts visuels. Elle y explore les questions de justice sociale, de résistance, de trauma, de construction identitaire, de genre et de sexualité.

Dr. Francis est invitée à travers le monde en tant que consultante et chercheure sur les questions de formation identitaire et de justice sociale liées, entre autres, au genre, à l'ethnicité et à la classe. Elle compte plus de cinq millions de dollars récoltés pour des missions éducatives et culturelles, diverses bourses nationales et internationales, plusieurs Chaires de recherche (en Afrique, dans la Caraïbe et en Europe) et plus d'une dizaine de Chaires de Professeur Invité Honoraire (en Europe et en Amérique du Sud). Elle a reçu en 2019, le prix d’excellence pour la diversité, l’équité  et l’inclusion de la faculté des Arts et des Sciences. Elle compte également trois prix d’excellence pour son enseignement.

Gladys M. Francis compte plus d’une quarantaine d’articles portant sur ses domaines de spécialisation, ainsi que quatre livres: Amour, sexe, genre et trauma dans la Caraïbe francophone  (L’Harmattan, 2016), Odious Caribbean Women: The Palpable Aesthetics of Transgression (Lexington Books, 2017), Épopée Créole : Histoires en transgression (L’Harmattan, automne 2022), et Fabienne Kanor in Transgression (The University of Virginia Press, automne 2022).

Education & Expertise

Education

Ph.D. in French and Francophone Studies

- Main Concentration: Post/colonial, Caribbean, North and West African Studies - Secondary concentration: Theory and Cultural Studies | Visual Arts
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN USA
2008

Masters in French Studies and French Second Language Acquisition


Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN USA
2003

Masters in Education/Second Language Acquisition Methodologies

- Main Concentration: Second Language Acquisition (FLE) - Secondary concentration: Network Technology Integration in Education
University of the Antilles – Schoelcher Martinique, France
2002

Bachelors in the Humanities (Licence de Lettres Modernes)


University of the Antilles – Schoelcher Martinique, France
2000

Expertise

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE (Sample)

Associate  Dean, Academic Student Affairs - July 1, 2022-Current

Office of the Dean, Howard University

 

Head, French and Francophone Studies Program - 2018-2022

Department of World Languages and Cultures, GSU

 

Director, Graduate Studies - 2018-2022

Department of World Languages and Cultures, GSU

 

Inaugural Director, The Africana Studies Center - 2019-2020

College of Arts and Sciences, GSU

 

Director, The South Atlantic Center - 2013-2018

Atlanta, GA & Paris, France

Sponsored by The Institute of the Americas, The French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, and The Ministry of European Affairs

 

Director, Study Abroad and Exchange Programs - 2009-2022

  • Director, Bordeaux University Exchange program
  • Director, Cadi Ayyad University Marrakech Morocco Exchange program
  • Director, Cayenne Guyane University Exchange program
  • Director, Guadeloupe Université des Antilles Exchange program
  • Director, Martinique Université des Antilles Exchange program
  • Director, Paris 8 University Exchange program
  • Director and coordinator, “Engaging the World”: pilot study abroad program to Guadeloupe
  • Gabon Students Research field Trip Project
  • Director and coordinator, Paris-Valencia Maymester
  • Director and coordinator, Paris Maymester

 

Co-director, A/Synchronous Language/Cultural Learning Laboratory - 2011-2012

School of Arts, Humanities, and Communication, Susquehanna University 

Instructional Web interface for the molding of technology and learning styles assessment that comprise the designing of Network technology templates for language instruction

 

Director, Haitian Relief Effort Task Force & Haitian Relief projects - 2008-2011

Wesleyan

 

 

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Urban Studies | Study Abroad | Geohumanities | Africana Studies |

Theory and Cultural Studies | Women’s, Sexuality, and Gender Studies |

Literatures and Visual Arts (Caribbean, Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa) |

Digital Pedagogy and Instructional Technology

 

 

PUBLICATIONS (Sample)

Books, Peer-reviewed

4. Épopée Créole: Histoires en transgression Collection L'Autre Caraïbe, Paris: L’Harmattan, (fall 2022)

3. Fabienne Kanor in Transgression: Documenting the Insufferable. Ed. Francis, Gladys M. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, (forthcoming fall 2022)

2. Francis, Gladys M. Odious Caribbean Women and the Palpable Aesthetics of Transgression. After the Empire, Series on Postcolonial Francophone Literature and Culture. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2017 (190 pages, ISBN: 978-1-4985-4350-7)

1. Amour, sexe, genre et trauma dans la Caraïbe francophone. Ed. Francis, Gladys M. Collection Espaces Littéraires, Paris: L’Harmattan, 2016 (294 pages, ISBN: 978-2-343-07395-8)

 

Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Peer-reviewed

27. Francis, Gladys M. “Chapé. Parting. Running Away: The Introduction to Fabienne Kanor’s Transgressions.” Fabienne Kanor in Transgression: Documenting the Insufferable, Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, (forthcoming 2022): 9-23

26. Francis, Gladys M. “Corpomemorial Tracing, Poetics of Negation, and Aesthetics of Pain in Humus”. Fabienne Kanor in Transgression: Documenting the Insufferable, Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, (forthcoming 2022): 89-111

25. Francis, Gladys M. "Performing while Black: Disrupting Gender and Sexuality from Trinidad to Norway. The Artivism of Thomas Prestø." Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies. Toronto: The University of Toronto Press, 21.2 (September, 2021): 279-296

24. Francis, Gladys M. "Remapping Disability through Contested Urban Landscapes and Embodied Performances." The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry. Cambridge University Press, 8.2 (April 2021): 277-285. https://www.doi.org/10.1017/pli.2020.36

23. Francis, Gladys M. “Techni’ka or the Contemporary Voice from Guadeloupe: From Within and Beyond a Caribbean Dance Ecology.” My Voice, My Practice: Black Dance. Ed. Pawlet Brookes. Leicester UK: Serendipity Artists Movement Ltd (January, 2021) 38-49

22. Francis, Gladys M. Introduction. “BROUGHT TO BROOKes or the Defiant Bearing of Creolization.”10 years in the Making. Editor P. Brooks. Serendipity Artists Movement Ltd, Leicester: De Montfort University UK, April 2020

21. Francis, Gladys M. "Quand l’invisible s’affiche: Entretien avec Fabienne Kanor. Inscrire et réitérer des identités ouvertes, mouvantes et complexes" Francosphères. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press 8.1 (2019): 85-100

20. Francis, Gladys M. “Black Bodies in Movement: Re-presenting and Re-claiming Ourselves.” Black Dance. Ed. Pawlet Brookes. Leicester UK: Serendipity Artists Movement Ltd (November 2019) 97-107

19. Francis, Gladys M. "Case départ: Slavery in Martinique through the Lens of Comedy." Celluloid Chains: Slavery in the Americas through Film. Eds. Block and Duke, Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, (Summer 2018, June 15, 2018): 198-221. http://utpress.org/title/celluloid-chains/

18. Francis, Gladys M. and Lynn E. Palermo. "Tyrannie en ‘France’: André Breton et Gerty Dambury." Entre-texte: Dialogues littéraires et culturels. Eds. Oana Panaïté and Vera Klekovkina, Routledge, 2017, pp. 277-298

17. Francis, Gladys M. "Fabienne Kanor « l’Ante-llaise par excellence »: sexualité, corporalité, diaspora et créolité." The French Forum peer-reviewed journal of French and Francophone literature and film, Philadelphia: The University of Pennsylvania Press 41.3 (2017): 273-288

16. Francis, Gladys M. and Lynn E. Palermo. "Exotisme, dialogisme et chaos en milieu antillais: André Breton et Gerty Dambury" in Communautés de lecture: pour une approche dialogique des œuvres classiques et contemporaines/Reading Communities: A dialogical Approach to French and Francophone Literature. Ed. O. Panaïté, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (2016): 48-68

15. Francis, Gladys M. “Introduction. Dis-positions Créoles: Corpographies du désir, du trauma et de la résistance aux Antilles.” Amour, sexe, genre et trauma dans la Caraïbe francophone, Paris: L’Harmattan, (2016): 15-25

14. Francis, Gladys M. “Entretien avec Simone Schwarz-Bart: ‘Vivre à la Tout-Monde.’” Amour, sexe, genre et trauma dans la Caraïbe francophone. Paris: L’Harmattan, (2016): 191-206.

13. Francis, Gladys M. “Résister au compromis, crever la douleur, dire le silence: entretien avec Jocelyne Béroard.” Amour, sexe, genre et trauma dans la Caraïbe francophone. Paris: L’Harmattan, (2016): 229-249

12. Francis, Gladys M. and Béatrice Mélina. “L’ARThralgie Créole de Béatrice Mélina: Peindre arythmies et articulations identitaires.” Amour, sexe, genre et trauma dans la Caraïbe francophone, Paris: L’Harmattan, (2016): 253-262

11. Francis, Gladys M. "Creolization on the Move in Francophone Caribbean Literature." The Oxford Diasporas Programme. Oxford: The University of Oxford (2015): 1-15

10. Francis, Gladys M. “Transgressive Embodied Writings of KAribbean Bodies in Pain.” Writing Through the Visual and Virtual: Inscribing Language, Literature, and Culture in Francophone Africa and the Caribbean. Ed. Ousseina Alidou and Renée Larrier. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (2015): 57-76

9. Francis, Gladys M. "Guadeloupe’s Ka-ribbean Bodies in Conflict: Gerty Dambury and Gisèle Pineau" Critical Perspectives on Conflict in Caribbean Societies of the Late 20th and Early 21st Centuries. Ed. R. Sobiac & P. Donatien-Yssa. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press (2015): 65-82.

8. Francis, Gladys M. “Africa, France and the French Antilles: Beyond Négritude and Créolité in Dance.” Creolizing Dance in a Global Age. Ed. Pawlet Brookes. Leicester UK: Serendipity Artists Movement Ltd (2015) 46-57

7. Francis, Gladys M. "Folies sacrificielles dans le théâtre francophone africain." Le Sacrifice dans les littératures francophones. Ed Gyssels, Stevens, and Edwards. Collection Francopolyphonies 17. NY: Rodopi (2014): 39-65

6. Garrett-Rucks, P., and Gladys M. Francis. “A hypermedia annotation of Belle-île-en-Mer Marie-Galante” (Laurent Voulzy, 1985). Mywebspace, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Web. July 7, 2014.

5. Garrett-Rucks, P., and Gladys M. Francis “A hypermedia annotation of Contagion” (Albert Camus, 1947). Mywebspace, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Web. 2013

4. Francis, Gladys M. "Le drame de Sony Labou Tansi: faire jouer le corps souffrant et se jouer de la folie." In Corps et voix d'Afrique francophone et ses diasporas: Poétiques contemporaines et oralité. Revue d’Études Françaises. Ed. Sylvie Chalaye. Budapest: University Press of ELTE Hungary 18.1 (2013): 213-217

3. Francis, Gladys M. "Fonctions et enjeux de la danse et de la musique dans le texte francophone créole." Nouvelles Études Francophones. University of Nebraska Press 26.1 (2011): 179-94.

2. Francis, Gladys M. "(Con)Text, Bodily Politics and Violences of the Cuban Female Body." Negritud Journal Revista de Estudios Afro-Latinoamericanos 4.1 (2010)

1. Francis, Gladys M. "Women’s Transgressional Writings in Gender and Body (Con)texts in Gabonese Afra Writings." Women’s Studies an Inter-Disciplinary Journal Routledge 38.1–16 (2009): 872-887

 

Other Peer-reviewed Publications: book reviews, prefaces, forewords, afterwords

11. Francis, Gladys M. Endorsement. Reimagining Resistance in Gisèle Pineau’s Works by Lisa Connell and Delphine Gras. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2022

10. Francis, Gladys M. Foreword. “La Techni’ka de Lénablou: Les enjeux d’une syntaxe du gwo ka et du Bigidi.” Techni’ka. Méthodologie et principes culturels caribéens pour l’enseignement du gwoka et du bigidi by Lénablou. Nouvelle Edition revue et augmentée. Pointe-à-Pitre : Éditions Jasor, November 2020

9. Francis, Gladys M. “Afterword.” Humus an English-language edition by Lynn E. Palermo. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, (September 2020) 191-202

8. Francis, Gladys M. “Unapologetic Globalized Art Enterprise: Fostering Diversity, Cultural Exchange and Artistic Innovation.” United Kingdom Vanguard Connect Magazine 1.1 (April 2019): 5

7. Francis, Gladys M. Review of Black French Women and the Struggle for Equality, 1848-2016, by ed. Germain & Larcher. University of Nebraska Press, 2018. New West Indian Guide/Nieuwe West-Indische Gids (NWIG), MA: Brill Publishing Boston, 94.1-2 (June 3, 2020): 167-168 https://brill.com/view/journals/nwig/94/1-2/article-p167_32.xml

6. Francis, Gladys M. Review of The Flesh of History across Borders and Boundaries, by Fabienne Kanor. SAMLA89 Pre-conference special event, November 2, 2017. South Atlantic Modern Language Association, GA: Georgia State University, 38 (spring 2018): 8. March 9, 2018

5. Francis, Gladys M. Review of Women Writers of Gabon: Literature and Herstory, by Cheryl Toman. Lexington Books, 2016. Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, OK: University of Tulsa, 36.2 (fall 2017): 512-514

4. Francis, Gladys M. Review of Women Writers of Gabon: Literature and Herstory, by Cheryl Toman. Lexington Books, 2016. French Studies, Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, 71.4 (September 18, 2017): 601-602 https://doi.org/10.1093/fs/knx189

3. Francis, Gladys M. “Opacity: Liminal Landmine-Bodies.” Rev. of Liberty Limited by Károly Sándor Pallai. Empty Mirror Books 23 December 2013. Web. 3 Jan 2013. 

2. Francis, Gladys M. Foreword. Liberty Limited. By Károly Sándor Pallai. Seychelles: Arthée, 2013

1. Francis, Gladys M. " Body (text), Music and Dance in Guadeloupe and Martinique." International Migration Institute Working Paper Series, the Oxford Diaspora Programme. UK: Oxford University, 2013

 

 

Works in Progress

  Books

3. Francis, Gladys M. Urban Cities and Social Justice: Re-Thinking and Re-Claiming Urban Spaces  (Working Title, academic book project)

2. Francis, Gladys M. Sex Trafficking and Gender Violence in West Africa and the French Caribbean (Working Title, academic book project)

1. Francis, Gladys M. Islands and Identities: from Gorée to the West Indies. Memory and Trauma in Comparative Perspectives (anthology project)

 

  Articles

3. Francis, Gladys M. “This is my Jamaica. This is my Black Diaspora" 

2. Francis, Gladys M. “KAribbean KAtharsis: Embodying Riddance, Impedance and Resistance

1. Francis, Gladys M. “La transmission d’expériences féminines noires incarnées” 

 

(MEDIA) CONTRIBUTIONS, INTERVIEWS (BOOKS, FILMS, MAGAZINES, RADIO, TV)

21. Webinaire: Les « Entretiens du CAGI » de l’UA Guadeloupe/Martinique qui portent un regard critique sur les rapports sociaux de domination et sur la (post)colonialité.Webinaire. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5O31oJNy20 June 28, 2022

20. Interview on #Canal10 TV Guadeloupe and Facebook Live TV Show #Tanama with Tanama’s TV host Dr. Stéphanie Meylon-Reinette. June 9, 2022

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2d1YAfpkko

19. ZCL/Canal 10 TV interview with Danik Zandwonis, June 8 at 12:30pm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5DoFZg6p_Q

18. Forthcoming CAGI interview on Radio La 1ère Guadeloupe,

https://la1ere.francetvinfo.fr/guadeloupe/emissions-radio/journal-13h-0, June 8, 2022

17. Featured author for quote in Moving Lines: Fifty Reasons to Dance, a figurative book by Patricia Vester that explores the creation of socially engaged art and how dance connects and shapes individuals through intergenerational encounters. Leicester UK: Serendipity Artists Movement Ltd (April 2022) 

16. Featured Author for Black History Month on the website and social media platforms of the Zoryan Institute based in Toronto, ON, Canada and focused on genocide, human rights, and diaspora-homeland relations, February 2022

15. Invited Speaker (with Professor Marimoutou from U of Reunion). Virtual Vernissage of “Le Thinnai Kreyol Archipelago,” hosted by Dr. Ananya Kabir (King’s College London) and Author Ari Gautier, 60 min discussion event: Live on Le Thinnai Kreyol’s FP/Streamyard, 6PM CEST, June 5, 2020

14. Francis, Gladys M. “White size fit some: White privilege in the Nordic Cultural Institutions” interview with journalist Maria Sung Ae, Subjekt magazine, Oslo: Norway, November 30, 2019

13. Francis, Gladys M. “The conversation about white privilege is uncomfortable but necessary” interview with Kulturrâdet Art Council, Oslo: Norway November 20, 2019

12. Guadeloupe la 1ère to discuss Maryse Condé’s Alternative Nobel Literature Prize. December 10, 2018

11. Interviewed by Ada Wood on “The Usage of the N-word in Modern Culture” for The Signal newspaper. October 10, 2018

10. Featured in the “Faculty Profiles” highlighting the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty – Dean’s Office GSU Spring 2018

9. A 7-minute interview on film with GSU’s Center for Instructional Innovation to showcase my work on hybridization in my GSU classes - Atlanta, GA. http://youtu.be/Ijt1Udq0oWk. Released in January 2015

8. A 4-minute video  “Activate Hybrid Pedagogy - Dr. Gladys M. Francis” from “Student Innovation@GSU.eduhttps://vimeo.com/145164941 Released in November 2015

7. Interview on my work on hybridization and digitization of the classroom. “Head of the Classroom: In this Age of Innovation, GSU Educators Are Turning the Traditional Classroom Model on its End.” November 2014

6. Interviewed by Radio France International and France 24 journalist Brenna Daldorph on Dance and Creolization. King’s College London - organized by Serendipity Dance and Modern Moves: Kinetic Transnationalism and Afro-Diasporic Rhythm Cultures Research Project. May 2014

5. “Midi en Guadeloupe” Guadeloupe la 1ère France Télévisions - December 2, 2013

4. Interviewed by Chelda Nessal (TV Magazine France-Antilles) - Atlanta, GA. October 2013

3. Interviewed by French TV Production Kapalé - Atlanta, GA. October 2013

2. Interviewed by Eunice Agyare TV-Continental Ghana on the legacy of Nigerian novelist, professor and critic Chinua Achebe - Accra Ghana. May 19, 2013

1. Interviewed by OWWA Media Archive - Accra Ghana. May 19, 2013