Jacqueline-Bethel Mougoué

Assistant Professor, African Cultural Studies


1402 Van Hise Hall



  • PhD Purdue University
  • MA Purdue University
    • Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Purdue University
  • B.A. Wayne State University


My research and teaching interests focus on gender and sexuality in Africa. I am particularly interested in how gender constructions inform performances of the body, religious beliefs, and political ideologies. I have been invited to give plenary talks on my research at various academic institutions including Paris Diderot University (France), University of Leuven (Belgium), University of Buea (Cameroon) and Northwestern University (United States).


My book, Gender, Separatist Politics, and Embodied Nationalism in Cameroon draws from history, political science, gender studies, and feminist epistemologies to illuminate how issues of ideal womanhood shaped the Anglophone Cameroonian nationalist movement in the first decade of independence in Cameroon. I define and use the concepts of “embodied nationalism” and “print griots” to probe how formally educated women sought to protect the cultural values and the self-determination of the Anglophone Cameroonian state as Francophone Cameroon prepared to dismantle the federal republic.

I’m currently working on several new projects. The first examines how religious identities, and extensive transcontinental networks, shaped the performance of manhood from the 1950s to the 1980s when young men in Cameroon converted to the Bahá’í faith. I use unique forms of communication—postcards, telegrams, birthday cards—to illustrate how young African men facilitated networks across the continent and across the Persian Gulf and the Atlantic Ocean. The second is an edited volume (edited with Alicia C. Decker and Maha Marouan) that examines the state of scholarship on African feminist history. The third (artistic) project will be a graphic novel on the Anlu Rebellion that will visually inspect how Kom women in western Cameroon disturbed local political power and protested against British rule in the Southern Cameroons from 1958 to 1961 (the women won).

“Over-Making Nyanga: Mastering ‘Natural’ Beauty and Disciplining Excessive Bodily Practices in Metropolitan Cameroon.” African Studies Review Vol. 62, Issue 2 (June 2019): 175-198.

“Gender and (Militarized) Secessionist Movements in Africa: An African Feminist’s Reflections.” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism Vol. 17, No. 2 (2018): 338-358.

“Housewives at Husbands’ Throats: Recalcitrant Wives and Gender Norms in a West African Nation, 1961-1972.” Gender & History Vol. 29, Issue 2 (2017): 405-422.

“African Women do not Look Good in Wigs: Gender, Beauty Rituals and Cultural Identity in Anglophone Cameroon, 1961-1972.” Feminist Africa Issue 21 (2016): 7-22.


African 212: Introduction to African Popular Culture

African 405: Gender and Sexuality in Afrofuturism

African 405: Africa through Comics and Graphic Fiction