Associate Professor of African and African American Studies, and English
PhD, Duke University
Intellectual and Literary History of the Caribbean, particularly Anglophone; Popular Culture; Gender and Sexuality; African Diaspora aesthetics; African American Literature; Postcolonial Literature.
- “Fabricating Intimacies: Artificial Silk and Cloth Wives in the Interwar Moment” Caribbean Review of Gender Studies 12 (2018).
- “And For You I Played A Sorrow Song: Looking At Frances Johnston’s Sorrow Songs With Carrie Mae Weems” in Carrie Mae Weems: Strategies of Engagement, Eds. Robin Lydenberg and Ash Anderson
- “The Soundings With My Sisters: Sovereignty, Intimacy, Disappointment” Small Axe 54 (2017).
- “Good Enough for Booker T to Kiss: Hampton, Tuskegee, and Caribbean Self-Fashioning.” Journal
of Transnational American Studies 5, 1 (2013).
"Sex and the Citizen: Interrogating the Caribbean", University of Virginia Press, 2011. Editor.
- "Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History: the Black Experience in the Americas". 2nd ed. 6 vols. New York: Macmillan Reference, USA, 2006. Editor-in-Chief Colin Palmer. Associate Editors Lisa Gail Collins, Marcyliena Morgan, Faith Smith, James Sweet, and Robert Reid-Pharr.
"Creole Recitations: John Jacob Thomas and Colonial Formation in the Late 19th-Century Caribbean", University of Virginia Press, 2002.
Guest Editor, Small Axe, 7 (March 2000). Special issue on "Genders and Sexualities."
"Coming Home to the Real Thing: Gender and Intellectual Life in the Anglophone Caribbean." South Atlantic Quarterly 93, 4 (Fall 1994): 895-923.
Articles and reviews in Small Axe, Callaloo, Research in African Literature, Journal of American Ethnic History, Journal of Latin American Anthropology, Shibboleths: Journal of Comparative Theory, Trinidad and Tobago Review.
- Dean of Arts & Sciences Faculty Service Award, 2020
Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Residential Fellow, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University, 2008-09
Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, National Humanities Center, North Carolina for 2002-03
Selected Courses Taught
- Black Looks (ENG 80A)
- Caribbean’s Asias (ENG 72A)
- Reading the Black Transnation (ENG 237a)
Migrating Bodies, Migrating Texts (ENG 127b)Novel and Film of the African Diaspora (AAAS 134B)
Caribbean Women and Globalization: Sexuality, Citizenship, Work (AAAS 125B)