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.
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.