Mariam Konaté

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Mariam Konaté
Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies
(269) 387-2643
(269) 387-2507
3072 Moore Hall, Mail Stop 5365
Mailing address: 
Department of Gender and Women's Studies
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5365 USA
  • Ph.D., African-American Studies, Temple University, 2004
Teaching interests: 
  • African, African-American and Caribbean women writers
  • African-American history
  • Black male-female relationships
  • Transnational feminism
Research interests: 
  • African-American women and fatherlessness
  • Issues of war and development in West Africa
  • Skin bleaching

Dr. Mariam Konaté is an associate professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at Western Michigan University. Her work examines the lives of women of African descent in the West as well as in Africa. Her newest research project explores the relevance of father absence to African-American women’s heterosexual dating experiences. The changing roles of African women who, through the interplay of gender, economics and power, are redefining themselves in America and in postcolonial African societies are central to Konaté’s research and teaching. Her book, Heroism and the Supernatural in the African Epic (Routledge, 2010) underscores the crucial role women play in the hero’s life and rise to power as well as in his initiation to supernatural powers. Women’s empowerment through self-determination is ubiquitous in the writings of many contemporary African and African-American women writers whose works Konaté teaches in her courses.