Emilienne Baneth-Nouailhetas is currently Attaché for University Cooperation and academic affairs at the French Embassy in the United States. In real life, she is Professor of English and postcolonial literatures at the University of Rennes; she has worked at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) as research director and executive deputy director in the Humaities Department, and from 2008 to 2011, she worked at NYU, where she established a multidisciplinary research partnership between New York University and the CNRS. An alumna of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, she received her PhD from the University of Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle in 1995. She has published several books and articles, among which Arundhati Roy's God of Small Things at Armand Colin (2001), and "Postcolonizing France", in Public Culture, Racial France; (Volume 23; Durham: Duke University Press, 2011). She has been a guest speaker at United Nations University in the international conference “A Chorus of Languages: Multilingualism, from Principles to Actions” (21 March 2011), and at UNESCO for the International day of Philosophy on November 18, 2010. She was lately an invited professor at the Foreign Service Institute.