I'm currently a fourth-year doctoral candidate in English at Harvard University, where I'm also pursuing a secondary field in African and African American Studies. In the English Department, I served as Lead Coordinator for Graduate Colloquia and founder/co-coordinator of the Race & Ethnicity Graduate Colloquium. I'm 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, African diasporic, and American multi-ethnic literatures across all periods, especially as they intersect with the history of Atlantic slavery. My research thus far has appeared in Transition, Callaloo, Journal of Social History, Journal of American Studies, ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, Public Books, and MELUS, with additional essays forthcoming in the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (Oxford UP) and Cambridge Companion to Richard Wright. 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 dissertation project, "Narrative Events: Slavery, Testimony, and Temporality in the Afro-Atlantic World," provides an account of New World slave testimony that challenges scholarly preoccupation with the American slave narrative tradition and its attendant critical conventions. My research asks how various genres of slave testimony produced in the Americas, Europe, and Africa in the seventeenth through twentieth centuries have remained largely illegible to literary criticism and thus marginal to African diasporic literary history. It argues that by centering non-canonical forms of slave testimony, we glean new insights into enslaved peoples' textual production, the comparative history of Atlantic slavery, and the institutionalization of Black Studies in the postwar period.
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.
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