Research and Teaching Interests
African and Diaspora literatures in French and English languages, International Black women's writing and critical theories; Toni Morrison; Literary translation practice and studies.
Toni Morrison, au-delà du visible ordinaire, by Janis Mayes and others, Presses Universitaires Vincennes (January 15, 2015), ISBN-13: 978-2842924133
A Rain of Words: A Bilingual Anthology of Women's Poetry in Francophone Africa, translated by Janis A. Mayes, University of Virginia Press (February 6, 2009), 368pp., ISBN-13: 978-0813927657
The Blind Kingdom, translated by Janis A. Mayes, Lynne Rienner (December 19, 2008) 112pp., ISBN-13: 978-0955507915
African Literature and Africa's Development: Mapping Intersections, edited by A.V. Adams and Janis A. Mayes, Africa World Pr; Africa World Press ed edition (November 1, 1997), 328pp., ISBN-13: 978-0865436343
Toni Morrison: Au-Dela du visible ordinaire/ Beyond the Ordinary Visible (with Kekeh-Dika and Graham), L’Imaginaire du Texte, Presses Universitaire de Vincennes, 2015.
A Rain of Words: A Bi-lingual Anthology of Women's Poetry in Francophone Africa (editor, Irene d'Almeida), CARAF Books, University of Virginia Press, 2009.
-- Audio: Five (5) Translations from A Rain of Words featured during special series organized by the Scottish library featuring poems from every single nation competing in the 2012 World Olympics held in London.
The Blind Kingdom (Le Royaume Aveugle) by Véronique Tadjo, Ayebia Clarke Publishers, 2008.
Mapping Intersections: African Literature and Africa's Development ( with Anne Adams). Africa World Press, 1998
The City Where No One Dies (La Ville Où Nul Ne Meurt) by Bernard Binlin Dadie. Lynne Reinner Publishers, 1986.
Fulbright Scholar & Visiting Professor : Cheikh Anta Diop Université de Dakar; Université Nationale de Cote d’Ivoire (Cocody)
International Program SU-Abroad, Founding Director: Paris Noir: Literature, Art and Contemporary Life in Diaspora, 2000-
Former Member, Texts and Translations Publications Committee, Modern Language Association
Former President, African Literature Association
Editorial Boards, JALA ( Journal of the African Literature Association); Présence Africaine