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: Decolonizing and Europeanizing Education in the Postwar Era. 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. 

Since joining the faculty at Rutgers-Camden, Dr. Marker has given invited lectures at the “Les populations noires en France” seminar at the Université de Paris-8 and at NYU’s Institute of French Studies, presented research from Black France, White Europe at the Modern Europe Workshop at Indiana University-Bloomington and Columbia’s “Beyond France” University Seminar, and organized panels and roundtables for the 2019 Society of French Historical Studies Annual Meeting in Indianopolis, the 2018 American Historical Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, and the 2017 Biennial “Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe” Conference in Tampere, Finland. 

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 (2012), the Georges Lurcy Dissertation Fellowship (2011), and the Western Society for French History’s Edward T. Gargan Prize (2015). In addition to her research and teaching, Dr. Marker works on 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. She is currently a member of the Chancellor’s Committee for Institutional Equity and Diversity at Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers’ Center for African Studies, and the Governing Council of the Western Society for French History. 

~PUBLICATIONS~

“Race, Racism and the Study of France and the Francophone World Today,” H-France Salon Special Issue, Vol 11, Issue 2 (2019)  [edited with Christy Pichichero]

AHR Conversation: Each Generation Writes Its Own History of Generations, The American Historical Review 123, Issue 5 (December 2018)

“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 Essay, 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)

Book Review, 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

~ UNDERGRADUATE COURSES~

Western Civilization II

France and Its Empire

European History on Film

Contemporary Europe

Imperialism

Racism and Antiracism in Europe since 1945

~ GRADUATE COURSES~

The Craft of History

The Global Nineteenth Century

Empire & Decolonization