Dr. Badiane’s research and teaching deal with the representation of Afro-Caribbean people and culture in literature at the beginning of the twentieth century. His dissertation, “The Poetics of Negrismo and Negritude in the Twentieth Century,” addresses the redefinition of national identities in the Caribbean and its connection to the movements of decolonization in Africa. He draws on materials in both Spanish and French in order to explore the differences and resemblances between the two literary movements. He is also interested in the ever changing nature of Afro-Caribbean cultures through Negrismo, Négritude, Antillanité, and Créolité. Dr. Badiane directs the Missouri Summer Abroad Program in Oviedo, Spain.