Gilles Bousquet is currently Chair of the French and Italian Department at UW-Madison as well as Senior Advisor to the President of the UW System for International Economic Development.
In January 2002, Bousquet became Dean of International Studies at UW-Madison. Years later, as the university sought to broaden its worldwide reach, Bousquet was appointed Vice Provost for Globalization. During his time at UW, he has also served as Director of the International Institute, Director of the European Studies Program, Special Assistant to the Chancellor for International Engagement, and the Pickard-Bascom Professor of French.
Bousquet currently teaches in the French and Italian Department at UW-Madison, and he specializes in Globalization and Higher Education; European social, cultural and institutional issues; French for business and economics; and 19th and 20th century French cultural studies.
Aliko Songolo's research and teaching interests focus on francophone literatures of Africa and the Caribbean, and on francophone cinemas of Africa and Québec. He has published a monograph (Aimé Césaire: une poétique de la découverte, 1985), two co-edited volumes (Twenty-five Years After Dakar and Fourah Bay: The Growth of African Literature, 1998 and Atlantic Cross-Currents/Transatlantiques, 2001), and was Associate Editor of the highly acclaimed five-volume New Encyclopedia of Africa (2008). He has also edited special issues of two eminent journals in his field, French Review (1982) and Présence Francophone (2003), and published numerous articles. His current research projects investigate the question of national cinema in Québec and Francophone Africa, and postcoloniality in the wake of the Négritude movement. He was recently named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French Ministry of National Education.
At UW-Madison, Aliko Songolo has served as Chair of African Languages and Literature (now African Cultural Studies), and as Chair of the Department of French & Italian. In addition, he has directed the African Studies Program at UW-Madison, and was Associate Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of California-Irvine before moving to Wisconsin. He is currently Co-Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary French Studies and Senior Adviser to the Vice-Provost for Globalization. He chaired the Modern Language Association’s African Literature Division (2002), and its Division of Francophone Literatures and Cultures (2009), and was twice President of the African Literature Association.