I am an incoming Junior Fellow and lecturer in the the Dartmouth Society of Fellows. I received my Ph.D. in English, with a secondary field in African and African American Studies, at Harvard University in 2019. In the English Department, I served as Lead Coordinator for Graduate Colloquia and founder/co-coordinator of the Race & Ethnicity Graduate Colloquium. I was also an affiliate of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, and a member of the Tutorial Board in the Department of Comparative Literature.
I study primarily African American literature and Black writing in the Americas, especially as they intersect with the comparative history of Atlantic slavery. My research thus far has appeared in Transition: Magazine of Africa and the Diaspora, Callaloo, Journal of Social History, Journal of American Studies, ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, Public Books, and MELUS, with additional essays in the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (Oxford UP) and Cambridge Companion to Richard Wright (2019). I'm also a co-editor, along with Wai Chee Dimock et al., of American Literature in the World: An Anthology from Anne Bradstreet to Octavia Butler (Columbia UP, 2017).
My book project, Narrative Events: Reading Slave Testimony in the Afro-Atlantic World, examines enslaved testimonial practices across historical periods, colonial geographies, and expressive forms—including legal complaints, mystical visions, epistolary writings, folk ethnographies, and lyric poems, among others. Harnessing the resources of comparative literature, historical anthropology, and queer studies, it reorients prevailing conceptions of the so-called “time of slavery.” By constellating disparate archives unbound to the development of literary canons or national traditions, Narrative Events foregrounds the divergent temporalities of testimonial practice to advance a queer historiography of slave culture.
I received my B.A. in Comparative Literature and History from Harvard College, where I lived in Lowell House, wrote for The Harvard Crimson, produced Lowell House Opera, and did research in the departments of English and African and African American Studies. My senior thesis—on the alleged absence of Francophone slave narratives—won four university honors: the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, George B. Sohier Prize, Kwame Anthony Appiah Prize, and the Bowdoin Prize (for the third chapter), and was also nominated for the Radcliffe Institute's Captain Jonathan Fay Prize.
I was born and raised in New York City, where I attended the Dalton School and the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division. I currently live in Harvard Yard's Canaday Hall, where I work as a First-Year Proctor and BGLTQ Specialty Proctor.
See my CV here.