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Author Archive: Rachel Gillett

Currently in my first year as a lecturer at Utrecht University, I teach Modern Europe and Empire. Recent courses I’ve taught examined race and representation in France, youth protest in Europe in 1968, cultures of Empire, and fundamentalisms. My research focuses on race in France, popular culture, and on the “black Atlantic” from a French perspective. I also work on the notion of cosmopolitanism in popular culture and on rugby and race relations in a post-colonial context. My current book project is entitled Begin the Biguine: Race and Popular Music in Interwar Paris. I graduated from Northeastern University with a Phd in World History, and from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English and History. I balance my love of research and teaching with an active extra-curricular pursuit of music and rugby