Residency Dates: Spring 2023 | January 15, 2023 - May 12, 2023
Rachel Anne Gillett is assistant professor of cultural history at Utrecht University where she teaches modern Europe and empire. Her research focuses on race in France, on popular culture, and on the black Atlantic from a French perspective. Prior to joining the faculty at Utrecht, Gillett graduated from Northeastern University with a Ph.D. in world history and taught and served as the assistant director for undergraduate studies in the history and literature concentration at Harvard University.
At the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), Gillett will produce the foundation of a new project investigating how members and groups in the global, Francophone, African diaspora shaped the concept and practice of liberty and freedom. She will analyze the growing volume of work on Black radical and international networks, as well as how creators use music, art, and grassroots narratives to make intellectual and political anti-colonial and emancipatory claims.
This information is accurate for the time period that the
visiting scholar is affiliated with CES.
Assistant Professor of Cultural History, Utrecht University
Visiting Scholar 2022-2023, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Unleashing liberty: Black French freedom work, 1750-2020
Areas of Expertise
France and the Francophone World French Colonial History Popular Culture Black Atlantic World War One Black Music and Emancipatory Movements Cultural Politics
Gillett, Rachel. “Songs of War and Dissent: Maori Anti-War Activism and Its Cultural Legacy.” In Colonial Encounters in a Time of Global Conflict, 1914-1918, edited by Das, Santanu, Anna Maguire, and Daniel Steinbach. London, UK: Routledge, 2021.