Principal Faculty

Sophia Azeb
  • Pronouns she, her, her, hers, herself
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, TBD
  • Mail Stop Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

Biography, Education and Training

I received my Ph.D. in American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, where I trained in Black studies, American studies, and postcolonial and cultural studies. My current book project explores the currents of transnational and translational blackness charted by African American, Afro-Caribbean, African, and Afro-Arab peoples across twentieth century North Africa and Europe.

I am particularly interested in how variable and contested articulations of blackness - from the Atlantic, Saharan, Mediterranean, and Nile worlds - are realised, reformed, resisted, and reimagined across anglophone, francophone, and arabophone cultural and political spheres. I approach this research by taking up a familiar canon of Black transnational narrative, festival, and sonic cultures, and rendering it unfamiliar by drawing upon its translations (and receptions) in other diasporic contexts: in particular, in Afro-Arab spaces.

In relation and addition to this ongoing work, my teaching and research interests include African diasporic cultural politics, particularly in liberation movements; memory studies; literature, visual arts, and poetics of disaster, particularly in relation to Palestine and the Palestinian diaspora; nationalism and statelessness; representations of war in graphic novels and film; the intersections of race, colonialism, and sport; and Third Worldism.

Selected Publications

“Pan-African Performance and Possibility: Lessons from Algiers 1969.” The Funambulist no. 32, “Pan-Africanism.” November-December 2020. 28-33. 

Epilogue: “From Antigua to AlgeĢrie: The Particularity and Promise of the Afro-Arab.” Post45 Contemporaries, cluster on “Extraordinary Renditions,” edited by Kalyan Nadiminti. 11 September, 2020.

“Crossing the Saharan Boundary: Lotus and the Legibility of Africanness.” Research in African Literatures, 50, no. 3 (Fall 2019), 91-115.

 “Who will we be when we are free? On Palestine and Futurity.” The Funambulist no. 24, “Futurisms.” July-August 2019. 22-27.