I am an Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. I hold joint appointments in the Departments of African-American Studies and Gender Studies, respectively, as well as an active affiliation with the Center for Performance Studies.

In the 2013-2014 academic year,  I held a Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty from the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation. I earned my Ph.D. from the combined program in Afro-American Studies and American Studies at Yale University. 

I am a cultural historian, literary critic, and performance studies scholar. I write about art, performance, and racial embodiment.

I have published articles on Joice Heth and Nicki Minaj in Women and Performance: a journal of feminist theory,  as well as articles in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society,         GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, and e-misferica.

Outside of academia, I have given several talks at museums in the United States, including MoMA PS1 and The Hammer Museum.

I have also written for several arts publications: Flow (2008), Re:Collection (2010),  Evidence of Accumulation (2011), and Studio Magazine, all published by the Studio Museum of Harlem.