Linsey Sainte-Claire

WEBSITE(S)| French Studies | Center for African and African American Studies


  • PhD, The University of Chicago


Research and Teaching

  • Black Studies
  • Caribbean and African Studies
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Psychoanalytic approaches to literature


Fall Courses

  • FREN 307 French Cultural Identity I
  • FREN 478 The Carribean in French


Linsey Sainte-Claire’s research and teaching lies in Francophone Studies. Her areas of expertise include French language, literature, and culture, as well as Black, Caribbean, and African Studies. Her additional research and teaching interests include educational studies, gender studies, postcolonial theory, psychology, and theater. Sainte-Claire is currently editing a special issue for the journal Nouvelles Études Francophones on the topic of Francophone representations of madness. Her current book project, Madness in French Caribbean Literatures: from Social to Mental Disorder, analyses the representation of figures of madness in several contemporary French-Caribbean works of fiction and plays.

Before coming to Rice, she taught at Davidson College and Middlebury College. Sainte-Claire was also a Humanities Faculty Research Seminar Fellow at Middlebury College (2021-2022) during which time she received support for her research and collaborated with a community of Humanities faculty. The following year she became a Public Humanities Lab Initiative Fellow (2022-2023) during which time she designed a seminar with a public-facing project.


Selected Publications


1. Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  •  “Haitian Writers and the Forging of a National Voice Through Periodicals in the Twentieth Century” in A Cambridge History of Haitian Literature, Kaiama Glover and Marlene Daut, eds. (Forthcoming). (2023)
  • « Le Roi Christophe: tyran malgré lui? », Revue d’Histoire Haïtienne: Haïti et le Monde Atlantique, no. 3, 2022. (2022)
  • “French Dis-integration: New identity formation processes in 30° Couleur,” co-authored with Caroline Fache, International Journal of Francophone Studies, Volume 23, Numbers1-2, 1 July 2020. (2020)
  • « Régénération et élitisme scolaire sous Alexandre Pétion et Jean-Pierre Boyer (1816-1843). » Special Issue of the journal L’Esprit Créateur, Spring 2016. (2016)