Merve Fejzula

Merve Fejzula
Preparing Future Faculty Postdoctoral Fellow
214 Read Hall

Merve Fejzula is an intellectual and political historian of Africa and its diaspora in the twentieth century. She began as a Preparing Future Faculty Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Missouri in Fall 2019, after completing her PhD at the University of Cambridge. Her dissertation was funded by the Gates Cambridge Trust, and it examined the anglophone circulation of negritude, the critical theory of race most associated with the francophone black world. She is currently at work transforming this into a book manuscript about negritude's African-anchored black public sphere across Dakar, Paris, Ibadan, Lagos, and New York. This study intertwines an intellectual history of negritude's reinvention as well as an institutional story of the structural transformation of the black public sphere from 1947-1977.

Merve completed an MPhil in Historical Studies at the University of Cambridge in 2015 and her undergraduate study as a double major in history and English, with a minor in philosophy, at Rutgers University's Newark campus in 2011. Prior to postgraduate study, she served as Program Coordinator of the Diversity Research Center at Rutgers from 2011-13.

Research Interests

  • African intellectual and political history (esp. 20th century)
  • Imperial history
  • Black political thought
  • Black internationalism
Recent Publications

"The Cosmopolitan Historiography of Twentieth-Century Federalism," Historical Journal (2020):

Review of Gary Wilder’s Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World, History: Journal of the Historical Association 102, no. 350 (2017): 344-46.

Review of Andy Fry’s Paris Blues: African American Music and French Popular Culture, 1920-1960 entitled, “(Un)Cool Cats: Challenging the Traditional View of the French Response to Jazz,” Journal of Jazz Studies 10, no. 2 (2014): 203-209: