JACQUELINE-BETHEL MOUGOUÉ is an interdisciplinary feminist historian of Africa who is particularly interested in how constructions of gender inform the comportment and performances of the body, religious beliefs, and political ideologies. She is Assistant Professor of African Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with additional affiliations in Gender & Women’s Studies. She teaches Politics of Fashion in Africa, Africa through Comics and Graphic Fiction, Gender and Sexuality in Afrofuturism and Introduction to African Popular Culture (email to request copies of the syllabi). Previously, she was Assistant Professor of History at Baylor University (2013-2019). Mougoué’s book, Gender, Separatist Politics and Embodied Nationalism in Cameroon (University of Michigan Press, 2019) received the Frances Richardson Keller-Sierra Prize, given annually by the Western Association of Women Historians to recognize the best monograph in the field of history. Diverse media outlets have interviewed Mougoué on her book, including New Books Network (access here). The Washington Post selected her book for their 2020 summer reading list. Mougoué has been invited to give plenary talks on her research at various academic institutions including Paris Diderot University (France), University of Leuven (Belgium), University of Buea (Cameroon), University of Carleton (Canada) and University of Notre Dame (United States). Mougoué has been a fellow at Northwestern University (United States) and NUI-Galway (Republic of Ireland). Her work has received support from various organizations including the West African Research Association and the American Historical Association. Mougoué has served as a consultant for Wider Changes, a graphic novel on Cameroonian political history commissioned by Initiative Perspektivwechsel (in English: Initiative of Change of Perspectives). She currently sits on the editorial advisory board for Feminist Africa and is forthcoming editoral board member of the Journal of Women’s History.
Mougoué is currently working on several projects. The first, Transnational Histories, Nodes of Encounter, and Global Blackness, uses the early spread of the Baha’i faith in Africa as a case study to illuminate new transnational histories from the 1950 to the 1970s, an era of Global South solidarities and activism. The project uses the faith’s growth during this politically turbulent period to examine new spaces of belonging and new postcolonial Black identities forged through transnational racial solidarity. The second is an edited volume (edited with Alicia C. Decker and Maha Marouan) that examines the state of scholarship on African feminist history. The third (artistic) project will be a graphic novel on the Anlu Rebellion that will visually inspect how Kom women in western Cameroon disturbed local political power and protested against British rule in the Southern Cameroons from 1958 to 1961 (the women won).
Currently, Mougoué is Advisory Member of the ASA North American Scholars on Cameroon Association, member of the Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH) Nupur Chaudhuri First Article Prize committee, CCWH Conference Liaison, and member of the CCWH Mentorship Program Committee . Please click here for a CCWH brochure. Also, Mougoué is a member of the Western Association of Women Historians (WAWH) Frances Richardson Keller-Sierra Prize committee. She previously served as co-president of the African Studies Association (ASA) Women’s Caucus (2017-2019).
Mougoué received her M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Purdue University (United States). She holds an additional degree from Purdue, a Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (WGSS) from the WGSS Program. She earned a Certificate in Oral History (2009) from the Oral History Center at the University of California-Berkeley (United States).