Principal Faculty

Sophia Azeb
  • Pronouns she, her, her, hers, herself
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
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  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 428
  • Office Hours Winter 2024: 2 - 3 PM, Tuesdays (on Zoom)
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Courses CRES 115: Frantz Fanon: Resistance, Revolution, and Decolonization; CRES 132: Black Speculations; CRES 120: Third World Feminisms; CRES 190C: Black Transnational; CRES 200: Black Studies Methods; CRES 201: Exile & Diaspora

Biography, Education and Training

  • My current book project, tentatively (re)titled "Another Country: Translational Blackness and the Afro-Arab," 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 and through Afro-Arab space(s).


  • In relation and addition to this ongoing work, my teaching and research interests include African diasporic cultural politics and culture work, particularly in and of 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.


  • Prior to joining the faculty at UC Santa Cruz, I was a member of the faculty collective that founded the Department of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity at the University of Chicago.

Selected Publications

  • "It Turns Out We Were Not All Pan-African During the World Cup." The Funambulist no. 46, "Questioning our Solidarities." (March-April 2023). 72-79.




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