Rachel Jean-Baptiste

Rachel Jean Baptiste Portrait

Position Title
Associate Professor

SSH 3206


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


Rachel Jean-Baptiste is a historian of 20th and 21st century French-speaking Central and West Africa, and the Atlantic World. Her research interests include the histories of: gender, women and sexuality; marriage and family law; race; citizenship; and urbanization.

Co-President (through 2024) of Coordinating Council for Women in History, an affiliate organization of the American Historical Association.

Board of Directors (through 2025) of African Studies Association

UK Editorial Collective, Gender and History.

Research Focus

Cross-Cultural Women's and Gender History; Ethnicity and Race; Law, Culture and Society; History of Sexuality; Marriage and Family Law; African History; Global History



African History Since 1945; Africa, Africans, and The Atlantic World; History of West and West-Central Africa; Slavery, Africa and the Atlantic World; Global History of Race; Marriage, Sex, and The Law in Global History; Women, Gender and Sexuality in African History  

  • https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/multiracial-identities-in-colonial-french-africa/FD5E28D72EF56B779CE131692714B018#fndtn-information