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Thérèse Migraine-George

Title: Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Office: 716D Old Chemistry Building
Tel: 513-556-2748
Email: therese.migraine-george@uc.edu

Thérèse Migraine-George is the author of African Women and Representation: From Performance to Politics (Africa World Press, 2008), From Francophonie to World Literature in French: Ethics, Poetics, and Politics (University of Nebraska Press, 2013), a book of essays: Mes Etats-Unis: Portraits d'une Amérique que vous ne connaissez pas (Edilivre, 2009), and two novels: Amour de travers (Edilivre, 2010) and Envol (Edilivre, 2014). She has also published various articles and book chapters on Francophone writers, African literatures, cultures, and films, and queer studies. 


  • Maîtrise de Lettres Modernes, Université Lyon 3, France, 1993.
  • MA in French, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, 1993.
  • MA in English, University of Missouri at St Louis, 1994.
  • DEA de Langue, Littérature et Civilisation Française, Université Lyon 3, France, 1995.
  • PhD in Comparative Literature, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2000.

Research Information

Research Interests

My areas of interest are African and Francophone literature, French and Francophone women writers, queer studies, and creative writing. 

Research Support

  • African Aesthetics and Politics, Taft Research Fellowship. 06-2001 to 08-2001.
  • African Women and Representation, Taft Research Fellowship. 06-2005 to 08-2005.
  • New Aesthetics of Francophone Women Writers, Taft Faculty Release Fellowship. 01-2010 to 03-2010.
  • (Post)Francophone Writers and the Creation of a New World Literature in French , Taft Center Fellowship. 2010 to 2011.
  • The Aesthetics and Politics of Difference in France, Taft Research Fellowship. 01-2017 to 04-2017.


Peer Reviewed Publications

  • 1996. "Aux Antipodes de l'Exotisme, ou l'Envers de la Carte Postale  dans l'Œuvre de Madeleine  Ouellette-Michalska." Women  in  French Studies: 4-13.
  • Forthcoming: "The Incommensurability of the 'Transnational' in Qeer African Studies. Critical Forum with College Literature, ed. Taiwo Adetunji Osinubi
  • 1999. "Specular Desires: Orpheus and Pygmalion as Aesthetic Paradigms in Petrarch's Rime Sparse" (A. Owen Aldridge Prize). Comparative Literature Studies 36 (3): 226-246.
  • 2003. "Ama Ata Aidoo's Orphan Ghosts: African Literature and Aesthetic Postmodernity." Research in African Literatures 34 (4): 83-9.
  • 2003. "Beyond the'Internalist' vs. 'Externalist' Debate: African Homosexuals' Local-Global Identities in Two Films, Woubi Chéri and Dakan." Journal of African Cultural Studies 16 (1): 45-56.
  • 2007. "Swiss Trash: L'Autre Suisse de Dunia Miralles." International Journal of Francophone Studies (10th Anniversary Volume) 10 (1-2): 173-191.
  • 2007. "'L'Autre' dans Champs de bataille et d'amour de Véronique Tadjo." Women in French Studies 15: 67-83.
  • 2009. "La Femme de Gilles de Madeleine Bourdouxhe ou la 'fugurante identité' d'un roman belge de langue française." Special issue of International Journal of Francophone Studies 12 (2-3): 321-339. 
  • 2011. "De Traversée de la mangrove à Histoire de la femme cannibale: l'Art comme 'Arme Miraculeuse' chez Maryse Condé." Romanic Review 101 (3): 497-519. 
  • 2014. "From Masisi to Activists: Same-Sex Relations and the Haitian Polity." Journal of Haitian Studies 20 (1): 8-33. 
  • 2016. Ashley Currier and Thérèse Migraine-George. "Queer Studies / African Studies: An (Im)possible Transaction?" GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 22 (2). Special Issue: "Area Impossible: The Geopolitics of Queer Studies": 281-305.  
  • 2016. Thérèse Migraine-George and Ashley Currier, “Querying/Queering African Archives: Methods and Movements.” WSQ Special Issue: “Queer Methods” 44 (3-4): 190-207.
  • 2016. Ashley Currier and Thérèse Migraine-George. "Introduction: 'Lesbian'/Female Same-Sexualities in Africa." Journal of Lesbian Studies 21: 133-150. 


  • 2008. African Women and Representation: From Performance to Politics. Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press & The Red Sea Press.[Link]
  • 2009. Mes Etats-Unis: Portraits d’une Amérique que vous ne connaissez pas. (Essay). Paris: Editions Edilivre.[Link]
  • 2010. Amour de travers. (Novel). Paris: Editions Edilivre.[Link]
  • 2013. From Francophonie to World Literature in French: Ethics, Poetics, and Politics. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press.[Link]
  • 2014. Envol. (Novel)Paris: Editions Edilivre.[Link]

Book Chapter

  • 2006. "From Exile to  Dislocation: Anowa's Wandering Agency in Ama Ata Aidoo's Anowa."  In African  Literatures at the Millennium, edited by  Arthur D. Drayton, Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka, and I. Peter Ukpokodu. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press. 95-103.
  • Forthcoming: “Performances of Power, Mimicry, and Subversion in Tess Onwueme’s Work.” In Emerging Perspectives  on Tess Onwueme, edited by Maureen N. Eke. Trenton, NJ: Africa  World Press
  • 2018. Ashley Currier and Thérèse Migraine-George: "Queer/African Identities: Questions, Limits, Challenges." In Introduction to Women's Studies: a Reader, ed. L. Ayu Saraswati, Barbara Shaw, and Heather Rellihan. Oxford University Press. 77-81.
  • Forthcoming. "Littérature-Monde, World Literature, and the Politics of Difference" in Francophone Literatures as World Literatures


  • 2016. co-edited with Ashley Currier, special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies 21: "'Lesbian'/Female Same-Sex Sexualities in Africa." 

Encyclopedia Article

  • Forthcoming: “Woubi Chéri.” entry for LGBTQI: Encyclopedia of Transnational Gender and Sexualities.

Presentations & Lectures

Paper Presentations

  • (2005). African Theaters and the Postcolonial State: The Example of Werewere Liking's Village et Fondation Ki-Yi. African Literature Association, Boulder, Colorado.
  • (2006). Art as 'Miraculous Weapon' in Maryse Condé's Works. Romance Studies Colloquium, Eugene, Oregon.
  • (2007). Social Suicide or 'Romanesque' Passion? Madeleine Bourdouxhe's La Femme de Gilles. M/MLA (Midwestern Modern Language Association), Cleveland, Ohio.
  • (2008). The Year of Anthologies: The Blackwell Anthology of African Literary Criticism and Theory. African Literature Association, Macomb, Illinois.
  • (2009). 'L'enfant est mort': mythe, mémoire et sacrifice dans Reine Pokou de Véronique Tadjo. Conseil International d'Etudes Francophones, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • (2011). Ecriture de l'impertinence dans Le Roi de Kahel de Tierno Monénembo. M/MLA, Saint-Louis.
  • (2012). Ecriture du désir et désir d'écriture dans l'oeuvre de Nina Bouraoui. Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, KY.
  • (2012). From Poetics to Politics: Writing as Civic Debt in Lyonel Trouillot's "L'Amour avant que j'oublie" . M/MLA, Cincinnati.
  • (2013). "Nou se masisi, e nou fyè!": Homosexuals as Masisis and Activists in Haiti. "Haiti in a Globalized Frame" International Conference, Tallahassee, Florida.
  • (2013). Same-Sex Marriage and the Politics of Difference in France. NWSA (National Women's Studies Association) Conference, Cincinnati.
  • (2013). Roundtable: Methods, Means, and Mores: "Doing" Global and Transnational Women and Gender Research. NWSA (National Women's Studies Association) Conference, Cincinnati.
  • (2013). Roundtable: Postcolonial Studies Across Disciplines and Languages. Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, Cincinnati.
  • (2014). "That Obscure Object of Desire: Homosexuality and Islam". ASA (African Studies Association) Conference, Indianapolis.
  • (2015). Roundtable "The Politics of Homophobia" with Ashley Currier, Amy Lind, Momin Rahman and Rahul Rao, Taft Research Center, University of Cincinnati.
  • (2015). "(Im)possible Representations: Queer Agency through African Visual Arts". African Studies Association, San Diego, CA.
  • (2016). “(In)visible Desires: Queer Women in African Literature". IFJP (International Feminist Journal of Politics) Conference, University of Cincinnati.
  • (2014). Roundtable "From World Literature to Cinema Without Borders: A Discussion about Boundaries in French and Francophone Studies". Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Cincinnati.
  • (2016). Roundtable “World Cinema & Television in French” , University of Cincinnati.
  • (2014). "How Can Someone be French? The Other White Man in 19th-century Africa" . Africana Studies Lecture Series, University of Cincinnati.
  • (2017). “Queer Art, Archival Fever, and the Politics of Desire in Africa” . 2017 PAC/ACA (Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association) Conference, San Diego.
  • (2017). “In the Middle, or Relocating the Queer Midwest” . 2017 IASSCS (International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society) Conference, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • (2018). "Feminism and Identity Politics in the French Republic". IFJP (International Feminist Journal of Politics), San Francisco.
  • (2018). "Monstruosité et liminalité du 'vivre ensemble': les familles passagères de Marie NDiaye". CIEF (Conseil International des Etudes Francophones), La Rochelle, France.

Honors & Awards

  • . 2015 LGBTQ Center Rainbow Award for Outstanding Faculty.
  • . 2016 WGSS Outstanding Faculty Award.
  • . 2016 Fellow of the Graduate School.

Experience & Service


  • Committee Member, Policy and Curriculum Committee, 2003 to 2008
  • Committee Member, University Research Council, College of Arts and Sciences, 2007 to 2008
  • Committee Member, Dean's Advisory Committee, College of Arts and Sciences , 2007 to 2008
  • Committee Member, Taft Board Executive Committee 2007 to 2008
  • Committee Member, Taft Faculty Travel Grants Committee, 2007 to 2009
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, 2008 to 2009
  • Committee Member, Fulbright Interview Committee 2006
  • Committee Member, Taft Center Fellowship Committee, 2011 to 2014
  • Committee Chair, RLL Research Committee , 2011 to 2013
  • Committee Member, Advisory Board in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies , 2012 to 2014
  • Committee Member, Diversity Task Force, College of Arts and Sciences, 2012 to 2013
  • Committee Member, Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure Committee, College of Arts and Sciences , 2012 to 2013
  • Committee Member, Taft Student Award Committee, 2013 to 2014
  • Graduate Director, Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Chair of the A&S Graduate Council Committee, 2015 to 2016
  • Committee Member, Academic Program Review Committee 2016
  • Committee Member, Collaboration with the Cincinnati Museum Committee,
  • Committee Member, Storytelling Committee
  • Committee Member, UC Office of Research Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and Integrated Research Internal Grants Review Council,
  • Committee Member, University Research Council, Humanities
  • Committee Member, Academic Program Review Committee,

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • 2008, UC Early Summer Instructional Technology Institute,
  • AP reader in French for ETS and external reviewer for AP French module curriculum (2012),
  • 2015-16 UC Women Lead Program,
  • 2018, Editorial Board, Journal of Lesbian Studies,

Courses Taught

  • FR 112: Elementary Conversational French

  • FR 115: Extended Basic French 5

  • FR 181: World Cultures: French

  • FR 252: Composition and Conversation

  • FR 253: Composition and Conversation

  • FR 300: Writing about French/Francophone Culture

  • FR 301: Understanding French/Francophone Culture in Conversation

  • FR 312: The Francophone World

  • FR 313: French Culture in Cinema

  • FR 314: France Today

  • FR 341: Introduction to French Literature

  • FR 383: Francophone Cultures: Africa and the Caribbean

  • FR 384: Francophone Cultures: Quebec

  • FR 425: Advanced French Conversation 1

  • FR 426: Advanced French Conversation 2

  • FR 491: Advanced Composition and Conversation

  • FR 493/523: Stylistics

  • FR 755: Introduction to Francophone Literature

  • FR 786: African Feminisms

  • FR 870: Francophone Feminisms

  • FR 872: Africa Today

  • FR 873: African Cultural Studies

  • RLL 711: European Studies Seminar

  • SWLC 801: Introduction to Literary Theory

  • FR 4029/7019: Queer Francophone Lit/Culture

  • WGSS 4019/7029: Gender, Sexuality, Culture

  • Black Lives Matter in a “Post-Racial Society”
    Black Lives Matter in a “Post-Racial Society”
    Term: 17FS

Additional Information

Media Interview: November 30, 2014: interview for the national Canadian TV channel CTV News about the election of the new Secretary General of Francophonie Michaëlle Jean.