Christopher Hebert graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2021, earning a B.S. in English with Honors. His bachelor thesis was a comparative study of the education narratives in Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions, Scholastique Mukasonga's Our Lady of the Nile, and Tayeb Salih's Season of Migration to the North. Continuing his interest in African literatures, he studied for an M.A. in African Studies at Ghent University as a Fulbright Scholar, and graduated summa cum laude in 2022. His M.A. thesis was titled "The Language of Trauma in Ken Saro-Wiwa's Sozaboy" and is available on the UGent website.
Currently, he is working toward a Ph.D. in African Studies while serving in the U.S. Army as a Military Intelligence Officer. His dissertation, titled "Ecologies of Trauma in Anglophone African Literature" aims to "green" literary trauma theory to investigate African literary texts over a broad geographical range.
Conference Presentation: "Toward Afropolitan Hermeneutics: A Reading of Chika Unigwe's Better Never Than Late" Afroeuropeans Network Conference Brussels, 2022
Conference Presentation: "Thinking Beyond Place: The Figure of Othello in Caryl Phillips' The European Tribe" American Comparative Literature Association, 2022
Conference Presentation: "Deconstructing Racialized Depictions of Women in the Work of Tayeb Salih and Joseph Conrad" American Comparative Literature Association, 2021