of African American and African American Studies
University of California, Davis
I am Assistant Professor of African American and African American Studies at the University of California, Davis where my teaching and research interests include African Diaspora Studies, Caribbean literature and cultural history, postcolonial literature and theory, and freedom and slavery studies. I completed my PhD in English at New York University. My research has been supported by awards including a postdoctoral fellowship in Critical Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship. In 2014 I was awarded the Northeast Modern Language Association Caribbean Studies Essay Prize. I have published articles in Cultural Dynamics, The Round Table, and The CLR James Journal. My current book project, “Surviving Empire: Postcolonial Revolution and Trauma in the Caribbean”, is a literary and historical analysis of the Grenada Revolution and U.S. imperialism in the region.
I have been an ASWAD member since 2009 and have attended conferences in Ghana, Pittsburgh and the Dominican Republic. I began working with ASWAD as a graduate student when I assisted with onsite conference registration in Ghana. From 2010 to 2013 I served as Membership Manager, coordinating membership renewals and registration for the Pittsburgh conference. Since February 2015 I have served as Acting Secretary. If elected to serve on the Executive Board I would like to contribute to ASWAD’s recent efforts to offer conference sessions geared at mentoring graduate students and junior faculty. I would also use my network within Caribbean Studies to support ASWAD’s outreach efforts in the Caribbean and help increase our membership from this part of the diaspora.