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About Jean-Pierre Karegeye

Karegeye is Assistant Professor in the French and Francophone Studies Department at Macalester College. Trained in Social ethics, philosophy, African Linguistics and literary analysis and theory, he specializes in African literature. His research focuses on the 1994 Rwandan genocide in literature in dialogue with ethical, political and philosophical discourses.
Karegeye is the co-founder of IGSC (the Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center) in Kigali, Rwanda. He has organized or co-organized several major conferences about the Rwandan genocide and the arts, including one with the School of Theater at the California Institute of the Arts, the International Writers' Program at the University of Iowa and the University of Iowa Theater Department.
Karegeye is currently a doctoral candidate in the French Department at the University of California, Berkeley. His dissetation, entitled "Rwanda: Ecritures de temoignage et eclatement de l'instance narrative" [Rwanda: Testimonial Writings and the Shattering of Narrative Voice], is an analysis of both fictional and non-fictional narratives written in response to the Rwandan genocide.
Karegeye has published several works, including three edited books, numerous chapters in books and more than thirty articles published in international journals.
EDUCATION: B.A., Institut de Philosophie Saint Pierre Canisius (Kinshasa/D.R. Congo); B.A., Hekima College (Nairobi, Kenya); M.A., University of California, Berkeley.
Karegeye has been teaching at Macalester College since 2009.


Present Assistant Professor, French and Francophone Studies, Macalester College


  • Representations of Africa in French and Francophone Literature
  • Testimonial Literature

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Macalester College
Neill Hall, 407
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105