Herve Tchumkam

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Professor of French

World Languages and Literatures, French


Office: Clements 426
Phone: 214-768-4342
Email: htchumkam@smu.edu

Educational Background

DEA, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


Hervé Tchumkam holds degrees from the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 and the University of Pennsylvania. Trained as a comparatist, his fields of interest range from Postcolonial Studies and Literary Theory to Political Philosophy. His publications include numerous essays and book chapters on contemporary fiction and politics with a connection to the (former) French colonies including hexagonal France, the Caribbean and North Africa. As editor, he is the author of an essay on postcolonial migrations in Africa and its Diaspora entitled Exils et migrations postcoloniales (2011), and La France face à ses banlieues (2013), a collection of essays on the relation between State power, politics and citizenship in contemporary France.


  • Terroirs. Agamben et l’Afrique: Quelle pertinence? Terroirs, Revue africaine de sciences sociales et de philosophie, guest editor. Paris: Karthala, 2016.
  • “Homo Africanus, Homo Sacer. Biopouvoir et ethnoracialisation des rapports sociaux en France.’’ Terroirs 1.2 (2016): 117-135.