Felix Germain

  • Department Chair & Associate Professor

Dr. Germain's research focuses on Black migrations and race relations in France and the United States, as well as contemporary socio-political issues in Haiti and the French Caribbean. He explores topics such as race relations, colonization, decolonization, postcolonial migration and labor relations, and black social movements and gender relations in Africa and the African Diaspora. His first book, Decolonizing the Republic: African and Caribbean Migrants in Postwar Paris (1946-1974), examines the formation of the African Diaspora in France during a period that French historians call "the glorious thirty". It chronicles the evolution of Paris from a space fertile for black literacy and artistic production to a city where Caribbean and African labor migrants lived in quasi "exile," often protesting for better working and living conditions.

Areas of Specialization 

  • Race Relations
  • Colonization
  • Decolonization
  • Postcolonial Migration 
  • Labor Relations

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of California at Berkeley, African Diaspora Studies
  • MPS, Cornell University, Africana Studies
  • BA, Francis College, International Cultural Studies