Mata Seck

Assistant Professor
French and Italian

Dr. Seck’s research focuses on literature and cultural studies in Francophone Africa and the African diaspora. Her book manuscript Materialized Imaginaries: Fiction, Economy and the Postcolony examines ways in which writers, filmmakers, and artists reframe economic thought and practices through art, thereby creating social, political, and economic imaginaries in postcolonial Senegal. Before coming to Stanford, Seck was an Assistant Professor at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island (CUNY/CSI). She received a PhD in French with an anthropology minor and a certificate in African Studies from Stanford University. She also studied at the University of Georgia and Université Jean Moulin Lyon III. Her scholarship has appeared in the Journal of African Cultural Studies, the Journal of Haitian Studies, Etudes Littéraires Africaines and Le Monde Afrique. In addition to courses about francophone cultures and societies offered at the Division of Literature Cultures and Languages (DLCL), Seck offers courses about the African diaspora in Europe and the Americas at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE).


450 SERRA MALL, BLDG. 260 STANFORD, California 94305
Countries of Study
Research Interest(s)
Francophone African and Caribbean Studies, Political Economy, Postcolonial Theory, Italian, French