Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken is the Research Coordinator and Senior Researcher for the Research Center of Material Culture.
In the past two decades, she has actively engaged in two professional trajectories: one in the academe; the other in cultural diplomacy. Her inquiry is highly informed by the pedagogical communities that she has had the fortune to be a part of. Upon moving to the Netherlands, she had the privilege of teaching in various institutions: Radboud University; University of Amsterdam; Hogeschool Utrecht; University College Utrecht; and she maintains an affiliation with Gender Studies at Utrecht University. From 2009-2019, she served as an Assistant professor and was promoted to Associate Professor of Caribbean and Postcolonial Studies and French at the Graduate Center (City University of New York). Previously, she worked at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York as Director of Development and at the Québec Government Office in New York as Attachée for Inter-Governmental and Academic Affairs. Most recently she was a student at the Black European Summer School in Amsterdam and Critical Muslim Studies: Decolonial Struggles and Liberation Theologies in Granada. She is Series Editor for Brill’s Caribbean Series and a Book Reviews Editor for the Journal of Haitian Studies, as well as a member of the FACE Foundation’s French Voices selection committee.