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Alessandra Benedicty is assistant professor of Caribbean and postcolonial literatures in French at the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the City College of New York. Benedicty's most recent publication is her book Spirit Possession in French, Haitian, and Vodou Thought: An Intellectual History (Lexington Books, 2015). https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739184653. She has also recently published: "The Questions We Are Asking: Hegel, Agamben, Trouillot, Mbembe, and Haitian Studies" (Journal of Haitian Studies, 2013). Other work has appeared in Studies in Religion/Sciences religieuses, Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, and Contemporary French and Francophone Studies. For academic years 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, Benedicty served as director of the Master of Arts in the Study of the Americas at the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the City College of New York. For 2013-2014, as co-advisor, she helped to launch the Human Rights Forum at the City College of New York. The City College is one of the senior colleges and Manhattan-based campuses of the City University of New York (CUNY), as well as the first free public institution of higher education in the United States. Previously, she worked at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York as Director of Development (2007-2009) and at the Québec Government Office in New York as Attachée for Inter-Governmental and Academic Affairs (2004-2007).
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, French and Francophone Literatures
D.E.A., Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne, Comparative Literature
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, French, Italian and Film Studies
Benedicty teaches courses on immigration, globalization, gender studies, Arabic literature in translation, Caribbean and Canadian studies, research methodologies, and has taught courses in English, French, and Italian.
Benedicty's current scholarship focuses on Haitian art, culture, and literature. Its methodology is interdisciplinary, drawing upon art history, literary theory, anthropology, religious studies, and political philosophy. In 2010, with Jerry W. Carlson she received President Lisa Staiano-Coico's City Seeds Award to organize a series of nine lecturesand to conduct research in African-derived religions; they have recently received a grant for a project titled "An Island and Two Metropoles: The Dominican Republic, Haiti, New York, Paris"; for 2011-2012, she received a grant to study manuscripts related to the Loudun possessions in France in the early seventeenth century; for 2012-2013, she was selected to participate in the Mellon Seminar on "Poverty" organized by the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center (CUNY); and for 2013-2014, she was awarded a grant to pursue her second project, which looks at how the notion of 'poverty' circulates in intellectual spheres and markets of the 'global north.' She examines how the 'global south' is taking on an ever-present 'marketability.'
Benedicty's most recent publication is her book Spirit Possession in French, Haitian, and Vodou Thought: An Intellectual History (Lexington Books, 2015). https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739184653.
She has also recently published: "The Questions We Are Asking: Hegel, Agamben, Trouillot, Mbembe, and Haitian Studies" (Journal of Haitian Studies, 2013).