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Christopher Foster

Black Studies
Phone: 541-346-0900
Office Hours: F' 22: Tuesdays from 9:30 am - 12 noon & 2:00 - 4:00 pm


CHRISTOPHER IAN FOSTER is the author of Conscripts of Migration: Neoliberal Globalization, Nationalism, and the Literature of New African Diasporas (2019). He served as an Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies at Jackson State University and James Madison University after receiving a Ph.D. in English from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (2015). He has published widely in postcolonial and diaspora studies and has taught courses on globalization for the International Studies Program at Colorado State University. He lives in Portland with his partner and currently teaches in the Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies Department at the University of Oregon.



Conscripts of Migration: Neoliberal Globalization, Nationalism, and the Literature of New African Diasporas (The University Press of Mississippi).


Podcast: "Conscripts of Migration Neoliberal Globalization, Nationalism, and the Literature of New African Diasporas," New Books Network in the Indian Ocean World. Interviewed by Michael Rumore, Nov. 5th 2020.


“No Hegel in the Rainforest: On C.L.R. James’s Existentialist Reading of Wilson Harris
and Finding Spinoza in Guyana,”
 Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities,
Taylor and Francis, Fall 2021.

“ ‘Leave to Quit Boundaries’: Queer Diaspora Phenomenology and the South Asian Caribbean,” Journal of Postcolonial Writing. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 57:1, 31-46, 2021.

“‘This is How We Refugee’: Neoliberalism, Haiti, and the Economics of Refugee Form,” Journal of Narrative Theory, Vol. 50, No. 5, Fall 2020.

“Migritude from a Comparative Perspective,” Co-editor’s introduction with Supriya Nair and Ashna Ali. The Minnesota Review, Duke University Press, issue 94, Spring 2020.

"'Migrants With Attitude': Shailja Patel and the Phenomenology of South-Asian African Diasporas." South Asian Review, Volume 36, Number 3, 2016.

“Home to Hargeisa: Migritude, Pan-Africanism, and the Politics of Movement from Banjo to Black Mamba Boy, Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies, University of California Los Angeles, Volume 38, Issue 2, Spring 2015.

"Toward a Caribbean Migritude?: Immigration, Sexuality, and the Gendered Caribbean Body," Small Axe Salon, Issue 18, February 2015.

“The Queer Politics of Crossing in Maryse Condé’s Crossing the Mangrove, Small Axe: A Caribbean Platform for Criticism, Volume 18, Issue 43, March 2014


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