Isabelle Duval

Ph.D. Student in Africana Studies


Isabelle Duval is a first-year Ph.D. student from Queens, New York, and has a B.A. in English from Trinity College. Their current research explores the intersection of textile work and storytelling as a way of recording genealogy within the French Caribbean, particularly Haiti.

Their undergraduate thesis: “Illuminating Text(iles): An Exploration of White Hegemony in African American and Afro-Caribbean Literature,” explored how the relationship between surveillance/policing and Blackness as a disorder maintains structural anti-Black violence. As an illuminative element to their project, they crocheted a physical representation of The Veil, as coined by W.E.B. DuBois.