Maya Angela Smith
In addition to the Senegalese Diaspora, Maya is now directing her focus to how blackness is constructed in the French Caribbean. Her most recent publication looks at race and language in Martinique:
“Negotiating Martinican Identity amid French Universalism: Racial and Linguistic Considerations” (Francosphères 2018, 7:1, 49-69)
Maya is also interested in language pedagogy and has published the following:
“French Heritage Language Learning: a Site of Community Building, Cultural Exploration and Self-reflection” (Critical Multilingualism Studies 2017, 5:2, 10-38)
Maya has been the recipient of various grants including the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty, the UW Research Royalty Fund Fellowship, and the Simpson Center Society of Scholars.
- University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D., Romance Languages & Linguistics, 2013