political theorist, feminist, and decolonial activist

Françoise Vergès is a political theorist, feminist, independent curator, and decolonial activist. Vergès received her degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies at University of California, San Diego, and finished her PhD in Political Science at University of California, Berkeley. She has taught at University of Sussex, Brighton; Goldsmiths, University of London, London; University of California, Berkeley; and Brown University, Rhode Island.

Between 2004–2010 Vergès was part of the cultural and scientific program of the Maison des civilisations et de l’unité réunionnaise, Reunion Island, and between 2009–2012 was president of France’s National Committee for the Remembrance and History of Slavery. She has published extensively on slavery, postcolonial theory, psychoanalysis, and decolonial feminism. Vergès published work includes Monsters and Revolutionaries: Colonial Family Romance and Metissage (1999), Le Ventre des Femmes: Capitalisme, Racialisation, Féminisme (2017, published in English in 2020 as The Wombs of Women: Race, Capital, Feminism), Resolutely Black. Conversations with Aimé Césaire (2020), Un Féminisme Décolonial (2019, forthcoming in English in April 2021 as A Decolonial Feminism ), and Une théorie féministe de la violence (2020). Vergès currently lives and works in Paris.