Francesca Canadé Sautman is Director of the Henri Peyre French Institute, and Professor of French at Hunter College and of French and History at the Graduate Center of CUNY. She was the Executive Officer of the Ph.D. Program in French from 1998 to 2008, during much of Edouard Glissant’s tenure at the Graduate Center, and often translated or interpreted for him. She writes on gender and women's history, historical ethnology, material culture, and modern ethnic studies. Her essay "Creolizing the Lack: Interpreting Race and Racism in Italian America," ( 2011) is largely informed by his thought. As a medievalist/early modernist, she authored La Religion du Quotidien: Rites et croyances populaires de la fin du Moyen Age (1995), was associate editor for the Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender (2007), co-editor of Same-Sex Love and Desire among Women in the Middle Ages, (2001) and of Telling Tales: Medieval Narratives and the Folk Tradition, (1998).