I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow and lecturer in the the Society of Fellows at Dartmouth College. 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.
My research and teaching focus broadly on Black literature in the Americas and the comparative history of Atlantic slavery. My writing 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 literary-historical time in the study of slavery. While current scholarship overwhelmingly frames the history of slavery as a single enduring event, this project foregrounds how enslaved people produced, experienced, and represented multiple temporalities through varied testimonial practices. And further, it examines unheralded forms of slave testimony that do not—and perhaps cannot—constitute any literary canon, national tradition, or historical origin. By tracing a genealogy of slave testimony that zig-zags and sidesteps among disparate contexts, forms, and languages, Narrative Events advances 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.
See my CV here.