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Georgette Mitchell graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. in French and Francophone literature. She then completed teaching certification at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education while working as a Philadelphia Teaching Fellow and an AmeriCorps grant recipient.  She earned an M.A. in French and Romance Philology at Columbia University and a Ph.D. in French at Rutgers University. 

Her research areas include nineteenth-century poetry, postcolonial theory, French cinema, ecocritical studies and Francophone literature, particularly that of Louisiana, Haiti and the French Antilles. Recently, she co-edited a special issue on Édouard Glissant for L’Esprit Créateur: