Mame-Fatou Niang is Associate Professor of French and Francophone studies at Carnegie Mellon University. Her recent research examines the development of Afro-French identities, and the works of second- and third-generation female immigrant writers of the banlieue. Dr. Niang is also a photographer and the co-author of a photo series on Black French Islam. In March 2018, she organised Blackness, Citizenship and the Arts: A Transatlantic Dialogue, a one-day symposium with scholars, artists and activists from the U.S, France, Brazil, Germany, Benin and the Gambia. Dr. Niang is currently working on her second manuscript, which is based on her 2016 documentary Mariannes Noires, and analyses current trends in the politics and lived experiences of Blackness in metropolitan France.