Jacqueline-Bethel Mougoué, an assistant professor of African cultural studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been awarded the 2020 Frances Richardson Keller-Sierra Prize. She was honored for her book Gender, Separatist Politics, and Embodied Nationalism in Cameroon (University of Michigan Press, 2019). The Keller-Sierra Prize is given annually by the Western Association of Women Historians to recognize the best monograph in the field of history.
Dr. Mougoué’s book examines the gendering of political identity and separatist movements when the West African nation of Cameroon was a federal republic from 1961 to 1972. She shows how women’s everyday actions became key to shaping the Anglophone Cameroonian nationalist movement in the predominantly Francophone country.
Dr. Mougoué is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.