Academic Bio

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. Previously, she was Assistant Professor of History at Baylor University (2013-2019). Mougoué is the author of Gender, Separatist Politics and Embodied Nationalism in Cameroon (University of Michigan Press, 2019). 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), and University of Notre Dame (United States). Mougoué has been a fellow at Northwestern University (United States) and NUI-Galway (Republic of Ireland). She has served on the Scientific Committee for “Féminismes Noirs dans un Contexte (Post-) Impérial Français? Histoires, Expériences, Théories” (Cité des Humanités et des Sciences Sociales, Paris, France). Also, Mougoué has served as a consultant for Wider Changes, a graphic novel commissioned by Initiative of Change of Perspectives. Wider Changes is a graphic novel on Cameroonian political history. 

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Mougoué is currently working on several projects. The first examines how the spread of Baha’i in Africa offers a unique case study for understanding transnational history from the 1950s to the 1980s. Mougoué argues that examining the everyday lives of Baha’i converts who traversed colonial/national borders as “pioneers” (not missionaries), illustrates how Africans used diverse encounters and opportunities that opened up during the period of decolonization to forge new spaces of belonging, reconfigure social mobility and fashion (post)colonial identities. 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 ASA North American Scholars on Cameroon Association, Conference Liaison for Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH) and a member of the CCWH  Mentorship Program Committee. Please click here for a CCWH brochure. She previously served as Co-Convenor of the African Studies Association (ASA) Women’s Caucus (2017-2019).

Mougoué received her M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Purdue University. She holds an additional degree from Purdue, a Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (WGSS) from the WGSS Program