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Rachel Jean Baptiste


  • Ph.D., Stanford University
  • M.A., Stanford University
  • A.B., History and French, Bryn Mawr College


Rachel Jean-Baptiste is an historian of colonial and post-colonial French-speaking Central and West Africa.  Her research interests include the history of sexuality and gender and women's history, marriage and family law, urban history, race, and citizenship. Her current book project analyzes changes in racial thought, belonging, and citizenship in colonial Senegal, Gabon and Congo (Brazzaville).

Research Focus

Cross-Cultural Women's & gender History; Empires; Ethnicity, Race, Nationalism; Law, Culture and Society; Africa, Asia, & the Middle East

Selected Publications


History 15: Intro to African History; History 201Q: Marriage, Sexuality and the Law