John Walsh

  • Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies in French
  • Associate Professor of French
  • Major Advisor in French


1328 H Cathedral of Learning

Area of Interest

Francophone Postcolonial Studies, French Caribbean Literature, Haitian Studies, Literature of the African Diaspora, Ecocriticism


PhD, Romance Languages & Literatures, Harvard University (2005)
MA, Romance Languages & Literatures, Harvard University (1999)
BA, Amherst College (1993)

Curriculum vitae (PDF)

Research Interests & Fields of Study

Francophone Caribbean and African Literature; Haitian Literature and History; Postcolonial Theory; Camus Studies



  • French 0027, The French Atlantic
  • French 0021, Approaches to French Literature


The Francophone Caribbean in Theory and Literature Mapping the African Diaspora in Europe

Selected Publications

"Mapping Diaspora: The Translation of Black Paris in the Fiction of Alain Mabanckou.” Francophone Afropean Literatures, Nicki Hitchcott and Dominic Thomas, eds. Liverpool University Press, 2014.

“Reading (In the) Ruins: Kettly Mars’ Saisons sauvages.” Journal of Haitian Studies 20.1 (Spring 2014), 66-83.

Free and French in the Caribbean: Toussaint Louverture, Aimé Césaire and Narratives of Loyal Opposition (Indiana University Press, 2013)

“The Mémoire of the ‘First Soldier of the Republic of Saint Domingue.’” Journal of Haitian Studies 17.1 (Spring 2011), 88-105.

“Césaire Reads Toussaint Louverture: The Haitian Revolution and the Problem of Departmentalization.” Small Axe 15.1 (March 2011), 110-124.

“Sarkozy, Mabanckou, and Notes from the Bar: Alain Mabanckou’s Verre cassé.” The French Review 84.1 (October 2010). 127-139.

“Psycho Killer, Qu’est-ce que c’est? Reflections on Alain Mabanckou’s African Psycho.” Transition 100 (Spring 2009). 152-163.

“Coming of Age with an AK-47: Ahmadou Kourouma’s Allah n’est pas obligé.” Research in African Literatures 39.1 (Spring 2008) 185-197.

Honors and Awards

CLAS Faculty Research Grant, 2013-14

Humanities Center Collaborative Research Grant, 2014

Dietrich School, Type I Research Grant, Summer 2014

Professional Affiliations

Modern Language Association

Haitian Studies Association

African Literature Association

Camus Studies Association

Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment