M.A. American Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst Ph.D. English, University of Washington
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011
I believe classrooms should be critical laboratories of collective and creative engagement with the texts, life experiences, and world-making projects that surround us. I ask my students to read cultural texts—from critical theory to novels to hip hop videos to art installations to university diversity statements—as forms of knowledge production that help to produce and potentially transform our lives and the systems in which we move. My courses utilize interactive and immersive methods to invite students not just to understand but to inhabit and perform particular perspectives and to articulate together the stakes of interdisciplinary inquiry. I've found that this can foster both critical self-reflection and the ability to “read” and communicate effectively about the multiple global forces, histories, and power relations that shape our world.
Core Faculty Member: M.A. in Cultural Studies, American & Ethnic Studies
Affiliate Faculty Member: Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
BCULST 593 Black Arts North/West
BIS 490 Black Radicalism in Seattle
BIS 490 Cultural Movements and Social Change
BIS 379 American Ethnic Literatures
BIS 216 Introduction to Cultural Studies
BIS 255 Critical Diversity Studies
BIS 470 Art and Social Change
BISGST 497 International Study Abroad: Americans in Europe (Exile & Belonging)
Research and Public Engagement
My research on US racial formation in a global context, social transformation, and the politics of literary, popular, and visual cultures is situated in the tensions and connections between US American cultural and literary studies, Critical Ethnic Studies, Black Studies, and related political and intellectual traditions. My current project, Black Arts Northwest, is a collaboration focused on public art and Black aesthetic and political insurgency in the Pacific Northwest.
Much of my work includes direct collaborations with visual artists, writers, and other cultural workers to create sites of critical translation, study, and performance. This labor is informed by years of work with the Race/Knowledge Project collective at the University of Washington in Seattle. It is supported by two Community-Based Learning and Research Faculty Fellowships and a Collaborative Online International Learning Faculty Fellowship at UW Bothell, and by an Early Career Faculty Scholarship for Black Publics in the Humanities at the Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching (HILT) Institute. Recently, my work has been exhibited and presented in a range of venues, including The Hedreen Gallery at Seattle University, Seattle's SOIL Gallery, Emerson College in Boston, the Seattle Public Library, KUOW Radio, the On the Boards Performance Blog, the International Forum on Contemporary Theory, and the American Studies Association and Cultural Studies Association conferences. I have also served as a peer reviewer for the journal Women & Performance.