As an assistant professor of Modern African history at Baylor University, Jacqueline-Bethel Tchouta Mougoué teaches Modern African History, Women and Gender in Modern Africa and World History Since 1500. An interdisciplinary feminist scholar, Mougoué is particularly interested in the gendering of identities in modern Africa. Her research interests focus on the gendering of identities in state politics, body politics, and religious politics in Cameroon. Her first book, Gender, Separatist Politics and Embodied Nationalism in Cameroon (University of Michigan Press, 2018) examines the gendering of political identity, nationalism, and separatist/secession movements in twentieth-century Cameroon. Most recently, she has an article in Gender & History (2017) that underlines Anglophone Cameroonian housewives and recalcitrant behavior and an article in the Journal of West African History (2017) that examines the political activities of Anglophone Cameroonian female journalists who penned women’s advice columns under pseudonyms during the 1960s. In addition, she has an article in Feminist Africa (2016) that focuses on beauty rituals and cultural identity in post-independent Anglophone Cameroon. She currently has other articles under review, one being on the lexicon of self-esteem and “natural” beauty in 1960s metropolitan Cameroon. Mougoué recently contributed an essay in the blog, Africa is a Country.

Mougoué has been invited to share her research at various academic institutions including Yale University, University of Notre DameUniversity of Leuven (Belgium), and the Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University (Fez, Morocco). See the abbreviated curriculum vitae for a more complete list of talks.

Please email for a list of upcoming talks in Spring and Summer 2018.

Most recent talk: “Religious Curiosities, Masculinities and the Baha’i Faith in Cameroon, 1950s-1970s.” Middle East Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, Thursday, April 12, 2018.


Main website image: Women in the British Southern Cameroons wearing the Kamerun National Congress (KNC) cloth, 1950s. Image courtesy of the  National Archives of Cameroon in Buea.

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