Shanna-Dolores Jean-Baptiste

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A first-year doctoral student in the French department at Yale, Shanna grew up in Jacmel, a southern town of Haïti, where she earned both the Haitian and the French Baccalauréats.  In 2014, she received a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in French and History from the City College of New York, CUNY.

As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, Shanna has used this opportunity to explore the unprecedented portrayal of the Haitian upper-class, particularly upper-class Haitian women, in Les Thazar, a novel by early twentieth-century Haitian realist novelist Fernand Hibbert. Fluent in English, French, and Haitian Kreyòl, Shanna is interested not only in transnational discourses on race, class, gender and national identity but also, more generally, in Francophone literature, postcolonialism, critical theory, and gender studies.