Donette Francis

Associate Professor and Director of American Studies

University of Miami

Donette Francis specializes in Caribbean literary and intellectual histories, American immigrant literatures, African diaspora literary studies, globalization and transnational feminist studies, and theories of sexuality and citizenship. Her book, Fictions of Feminine Citizenship: Sexuality and the Nation in Contemporary Caribbean Literature (Palgrave 2010), is concerned with the archives, intimacy and narrating history. Through an interdisciplinary and comparative study of novels by contemporary diasporic Caribbean women writers, Fictions charts an alternative history of racial and sexual formation in the Caribbean— moving across historical periods and national contexts. Defining this emergent literature as the Caribbean "antiromance," Dr. Francis writes against the critical impulse to underscore women's agency, and considers instead how Caribbean female subjects dwell in liminal spaces of both vulnerability and possibility. Dr. Francis is currently working on two book projects: The Novel 1960s: Form and Sensibilities in Caribbean Literary Culture, an intellectual history of the Anglophone Caribbean’s transnational literary culture; and Creole Miami: Black Arts in the Magic City, a sociocultural history of black arts practice in Miami from 1980s to present.  She is the editor of “Intellectual Formations: Locating a Caribbean Intellectual Tradition,” Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, 2013; and co-editor with Belinda Edmondson, "Special Forum: American Studies—Caribbean Edition," Journal of Transnational American Studies, 2013. 

Dr. Francis has been the recipient of Ford Foundation Summer Fellowships, the Dr. Nuala G. Drescher Award, and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities Faculty Fellowship at Binghamton University. She sits on the Editorial Board of Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature and the Trotter Review. Her articles have appeared in Small Axe, Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noir, and Research in African Literature, among others. Before joining the faculty of the English Department at the University of Miami, Dr. Francis taught at Binghamton University and New York University.