Felix Germain

  • Associate Professor


4152 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

Curriculum Vitae



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


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. I explore 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. My 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.


Recent Publications


  • Decolonizing the Republic: Aftican and Caribbean Migrants in Postwar Paris (1946-1974), Michigan State University Press (Spring 2016)
  • Félix Germain and Silyane Larcher (Eds.), Black French Women and the Struggle for Equality, 1848-2016 (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2018)

Edited Volume

  • Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender and the Black International, special issue on Caribbean women in contemporary societies, Volume 3, Issue 2 (October 2014)

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • “Colonialism, Postcolonial Migration, and the Fragmentation of Black Paris, 1946-1986” (forthcoming in the International Journal of Africana Studies, Spring 2019)

  • “A Black Panther in the Tropics: Pierre-Juste Marny and Martinique's Uneasy Transition from Colony to Overseas French Department” (forthcoming in French Historical Studies 42:1, January, 2019)

  • "Mercer Cook and the Origins of Black French Studies" French Politics, Culture & Society (Spring, 2016)

  • "A "New" Black Nationalism in the United States and France" Journal of African American Studies, Volume 18, Number 3, (Fall 2014), pp. 286-304

  • "The Earthquake, the Missionaries, and the Future of Vodou" Journal of Black Studies, Volume 42, Number 2, (March, 2011), pp. 247-263

  • "In Search of Full Citizenship: The French West Indian Case (1848-2009)" Journal of Contemporary Thought, Volume 32, (Winter 2010), pp. 99-112

  • "Jezebels and Victims: West Indian Women in Postwar France (1946-1975" in French Historical Studies, Volume 33, Number 3, (Summer 2010), pp. 475-495

  • "Presidents of Color, Globalization, and Social Inequity" Journal of Black Studies, Volume 40, Number 3, (January 2010), pp. 445-461

Book Chapters

  • “Louis-Philippe Dalembert and the Haitian Intellectual Tradition in Paris” Forthcoming in Valérie Orlando and Pamela Pears (Eds), Paris and the Marginalized Author: Treachery, Alienation, Queerness and Exile (New York: Lexington Books, 2018)

  • "Student Protests in the Black Atlantic of '68: Remembering Paris, Dakar, and New York" forthcoming in Elaine Carey, Protest in the Streets: 1968 Across the World (New York:: Hackett Publishing, 2016)
  • "For the Nation and for Work: Black Activism in Paris of the Sixties" in Wendy Pojmann (Ed.), Migration and Activism in Europe since 1945 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)