Trica Keaton

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments
  • Associate Professor

  • Affiliated Faculty - Departments of Sociology and Film & Media Studies

  • Faculty Associate: Consortium of Studies in Race, Migration, and Sexuality (RMS)

Interdisciplinary social science best describes my research, writings, and courses which focus on the lived experience of racialization-as-black and racism in France, Western Europe, and the U.S. I am currently a member of the Editorial Collective for On Seeing, a new book series "committed to centering underrepresented perspectives in visual culture," launched by the MIT Press and Brown University Library. In addition to articles on these topics, my book publications are: #You Know You’re Black in France When...: The Fact of Everyday Antiblackness, (The MIT Press, 2023); Black France: History and the Politics of Blackness, (co-edited, Duke University Press); Black Europe and the African Diaspora, (co-edited, University of Illinois Press); and Muslim Girls and the Other France: Race, Identity Politics, and Social Exclusion (Indiana University Press). My awards include the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Fellowship, the Ford Foundation, Columbia University’s Institute for Scholars Fellowship at Reid Hall in Paris, and the Chateaubriand Fellowship. I also developed and direct Afro/Black Paris Foreign Study Program at Dartmouth College.



Choate House, Room 105
HB 6134


  • Ph.D. University of California, Berekely, Education with distinction: African Diaspora Studies & Sociology focus
  • L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales (ou EHESS/Paris) & L'Université Paris V, Graduate Studies in Sociology
  • M.A. Middlebury College, French
  • B.A. UCLA, Linguistics & French

Selected Publications

  • Race,” in Keywords for African American Studies, New York University Press

    “Au Nègre Joyeux: Everyday Anti-blackness Guised as Public Art,” Nka: The Journal of Contemporary African Art

    “Racial Profiling and the ‘French Exception,’” French Cultural Studies

    “The Politics of Race-Blindness: (Anti)blackness and Category Blindness in Contemporary France,” Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race