Meredith Shepard received her B.A. in English and Literature and Human Rights from Cornell University in 2011 and her Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in 2018 with a specialization in African literatures in English, French, Kinyarwanda, and Kiswahili. She subsequently worked as Postdoctoral Associate at the Yale University Council on African Studies. Her current book project, “National Reconciliation Plots,” examines how cultural productions normalize national reconciliation efforts after civil conflict. She is also researching a comparative discourse analysis of hate speech in East African radio and President Trump’s tweets.
Dr. Shepard has taught African literature, world literature, and literature and human rights at Columbia University and Yale University, as well as English as a Second Language at a public high school in Kigali, Rwanda. Her academic outreach includes an independent reconciliation studies working group and an oral history project on perspectives of race, racism, and reconciliation in the United States.
Areas of Research and Interest:
Postcolonial African literature in English, French, Kiswahili, Kinyarwanda; post-conflict literature; reconciliation studies; genocide studies; hate speech
- 2020 “The Sequence Form of Accounting for Atrocity.” Memory Studies. Forthcomin
- 2019 “From the Revenge Quest to the Reconciliation Journey: Munyurangabo’s Redefining of Warriorship in Rwanda,” Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, Fall 2019 http://journals.upress.ufl.edu/jgps/article/view/1024
- 2019 “Trump’s ‘Radio Machete.’” Public Books, July 23, 2019 https://www.publicbooks.org/trumps-radio-machete/