Mathilde Montpetit is a PhD candidate at New York University, where she studies late medieval West Africa and its relationships to the Mediterranean. Her dissertation research focuses on how eunuchs were integrated into – and altered – the performance of imperial might in the Songhay Empire and beyond.
She earned her Masters in history from Aix-Marseille Université and a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard College. In addition to her academic work, she also works as a translator.