Emily Marker joined the faculty in the Department of History at Rutgers-Camden in January 2017. Her research and teaching interests are in postcolonial Europe, francophone Africa, race, religion, youth, and global history. She is currently working on her first monograph, tentatively titled, Black France, White Europe: Youth, Race and Pluralism in European and African France, 1940-1960. This study explores how public and private programs to promote solidarity between French and African youth collided with transnational efforts to make young people in Western Europe feel European after World War II. Based on several years of archival research in France, Senegal, Italy and Belgium, Black France, White Europe locates these competing generational projects at the center of the entangled history of African decolonization and early European integration.
Dr. Marker has published in the peer-reviewed journal French Politics, Culture and Society and has presented her research widely in Europe and the United States. Since joining the faculty at Rutgers-Camden, she has organized sessions on youth, race and culture for the 6th Biennial “Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe” Conference in Tampere, Finland; she has given an invited lecture on Franco-African debates about the nature of racism in the late 1940s to the “Populations noires en France” research seminar organized by the University of Paris-8 and the French National Archives in Saint-Denis, France; and she has presented research from Black France, White Europe at the Modern Europe Workshop at Indiana University – Bloomington.
Dr. Marker earned her PhD with distinction in 2016 from the University of Chicago. In 2015-16, she was the Doctoral Fellow at Chicago’s Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, and a Teaching Fellow at Chicago’s Center for Teaching. Dr. Marker has been awarded several fellowships and prizes, including the SSRC’s International Dissertation Research Fellowship, the Georges Lurcy Dissertation Fellowship, and the Western Society for French History’s Edward T. Gargan Prize. In addition to her research and teaching, Dr. Marker has worked on several initiatives for social justice and equity in the academy. A co-founder of the Race and Pedagogy Working Group at the University of Chicago, she has also organized workshops, facilitations, and community classes on power, privilege, and inclusive teaching.