Christiane Taubiri headshot

Christiane Taubira

  • UWM Honorary Professor

Global Studies and Research Fellow in CLACS and the Master of Sustainable Peacebuilding Program

Former French justice minister receives honorary degree



  • L’Esclavage raconté à ma fille (“Slavery explained to my daughter”),Paris, Bibliophane, coll. « Les mots à coeur », 2002 .
  • Codes noirs : de l’esclavage aux abolitions, Paris, Dalloz, coll. « A savoir », 2006 (introduction).
  • Rendez-vous avec la République (“Meeting with the Republic”), Paris, La Découverte, coll. « Cahiers libres », 2006
  • Égalité pour les exclus : le politique face à l’histoire et à la mémoire coloniales, Paris, Temps Présent, 2009
  • Mes météores : combats politiques au long cours, Paris, Flammarion, 2012
  • Paroles de liberté (“Words of Freedom”), Paris, Flammarion, coll. “Café Voltaire”, 2014
  • Murmures à la jeunesse, Éditions Philippe Rey, 2016
  • Nous habitons la Terre,  Paris: Editions Philippe Rey, fev. 2017 [Read about it here.]
  • Murmures à la jeunesse, Préface inédite“Paroles d’une femme libre”, Librairies Arthème/Pluriel, 2017.
  • Baroque sarabande, Éditions Philippe Rey, 2018.  [see Ch. Taubira talking about it]
  • Nuit d’épine, Paris, Plon, 2019 [see Ch. Taubira talking about it on France Inter Sept 26, 2019 here and on Clique (4 Oct 2019) here]
  • Gran Balan. Paris, Plon, 2020.
  • Ces morceaux de vie… comme carreaux cassés, Paris, Robert Laffont, 2021.
  • Frivolités. Paris: Éds. Robert Laffont, 2023.

Congratulations to Mme. Christiane Taubira on being awarded:

Christian Taubira
  • the following Doctorates:
    • Doctorate Honoris Causa, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium (April 26, 2018)
    • Doctorate Honoris Causa,  Université de Genève, Switzerland (October 9, 2020)
  • the following awards:
    • Prix Laurent-Mc Cutcheon 2019, Fondation Émergence, Montreal, Canada (May 23, 2019)
    • Tolerantia Awards 2018, European Alliance against Homophobia, Paris, France (October 5, 2018)
  • the following prizes:
    • Prix littéraire Anthony-Atkinson pour l’égalité for L’esclavage raconté à ma fille (November 17 2020)
    • Prix Littéraire Fetkann ! Maryse Condé 2019 – catégorie Mémoire – for Nuit d’épine (November 21, 2019)
    • Prix International des Droits de l’Homme, Revue trimestrielle des Droits de l’Homme for her essay Nous habitons la terre, Brussels, Belgium (December 10, 2017)

since UW Milwaukee awarded her a Doctorate Honoris Causa (January 30, 2016)

Awards Ceremony Honoring Christiane Taubira

The French program is proud to have organized this event, along with the dedicated and professional staff at the American Geographical Society Library. The ceremony featured welcoming comments by Chancellor Mark Mone (who also presented the diploma), an eloquent introduction by Provost Johannes Britz, the hooding by Dean of the College of Letters and Science Rodney Swain, Music by the Chevalier de St. Georges, performed by Professor Bernard Zinck (Peck School of the Arts) and 3 outstanding students, and, finally, a moving oratory from Madame Taubira.

Awards ceremony honoring Christiane Taubira with a Doctorate in Laws and Human Rights.

Read more on the UWM Report website.

When Words and Images Matter: Challenges to our Time

A Conversation with Christiane Taubira & Raoul Peck

For Former French Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira and award-winning film director and writer Raoul Peck, words and images matter for how they frame and cast the storied that determined and promulgated the systematic inequalities and injustices that divide and challenge our societies today. Their conversation continues the discussion about present day legacies of slavery, racial discrimination, and hegemonic power relations raised by Peck’s documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro.”

Transcription and Translation by Paula Loubier
Captions by Marvin Guire