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Felix Germain

  • Associate Professor of Africana Studies


  • PhD, University of California-Berkeley, African Diaspora Studies

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: African 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)