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 two sessions for the 6th Biennial “Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe” Conference in Tampere, Finland; she has given an invited lecture in Saint-Denis 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; and she has presented research from Black France, White Europe at the Modern Europe Workshop at Indiana University – Bloomington and Columbia’s “Beyond France” University Seminar.

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 also organizes workshops, facilitations, and community classes on power, privilege, and inclusive teaching.

~RECENT PUBLICATIONS~

“Obscuring Race: Franco-African Conversations about Colonial Reform and Racism After World War II and the Making of Colorblind France,” French Politics, Culture & Society 33: 3 (Winter 2015)

Review of Kristen Stromberg Childers, Seeking Imperialism’s Embrace: National Identity, Decolonization and Assimilation in the French Caribbean, H-France Forum, Vol 12, Issue 4, no 3 (2017)

Review of Andrew W.M. Smith and Chris Jeppesen, eds. Britain, France and the Decolonization of Africa: Future Imperfect? H-France Review, Vol 17 (November 2017) no 205

~COURSES~

Western Civilization II

France and Its Empire

Conflict and Crisis in Contemporary Europe

Race and Antiracism in Europe since 1945

Graduate Readings in Global History: Europe in the Long Nineteenth Century