Dominic Thomas

Professor and Chair, Faculty Advisory Committee

Department: French and Francophone Studies
Phone: (310) 794-8923


Dominic Thomas is the Chair of UCLA Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies (ELTS). He also serves as Madeleine L. Letessier Professor at the Department. He is CNN/CNN International European Affairs Commentator, and author, co-author, editor or co-editor of works on contemporary African and European culture and politics, including Black France (2007), Museums in Postcolonial Europe (2010), La France noire (2011), Francophone sub-Saharan African Literature in Global Contexts (2011), Africa and France (2013), Racial Advocacy in France (2013), Colonial Culture in France since the Revolution (2014), Francophone Afropean Literatures (2014), Afroeuropean Cartographies (2014), The Invention of Race (2014), The Charlie Hebdo events and their aftermath (2016), Vers la guerre des identités (2016), The Colonial Legacy in France (2017), Global France, Global French (2017), Sexe et colonies (2018), Sexualités, identités, et corps colonisés (2019), and Visualizing Empire: Africa, Europe, and the Politics of Representation (2021). Scholarly articles and essays have appeared in journals such as Modern Languages Notes, French Forum, Research in African Literatures, Occasion, French Cultural Studies, and Contemporary French Civilization. He edits the Global African Voices series at Indiana University Press that focuses on translations of African literature into English, and has translated works by Aimé Césaire, Sony Labou Tansi, Alain Mabanckou, Emmanuel Dongala, and Abdourahman Waberi. He has held fellowships, residencies, and visiting professorships in Australia, France, Germany, Mali, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He was elected to the Academy of Europe in 2015 and promoted to the rank of Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques in 2016.

Research Interests

European politics, immigration, racism, globalization, Francophone Africa