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Biography

I joined King’s in 2019 as Lecturer in American Literature, after having taught at the University of East Anglia, the University of Hertfordshire, the University of Westminster, and Oxford Brookes University.

I received my PhD in American Studies from UEA in 2016, after having studied an MA in Gender, Sexuality & Culture at the University of Manchester, and a BA in American Studies at UEA.

Research interests and PhD supervision

My doctoral thesis, “What-Is-It?” Containing the Threat of the Black Male Body in American Popular Culture, examined the racist narratives attached to the black male body in order to contain it, and the function of these narratives in maintaining white supremacy. My research more generally is interested in somatic disciplinarity and representations of the body, which feeds into my new interdisciplinary project American (M)Others, which examines the use of mothering in American culture as a disciplinary framework, and the way that this intersects with the body.

Teaching

I teach across a range of Literature modules, specialising in American Literature. I am particularly interested in interrogating traditional foci within academia: as a queer person of colour from a working-class background, I am passionate about the ways in which education can be utilized to reveal the voices and experiences of those who have historically been marginalized and erased, in addition to making the spaces in which I teach as accessible and inclusive as possible.

Selected publications

Latest publications include:

  • “Wakanda Liberation is this? Interrogating Black Panther’s Relationship with Colonialism.” Slavery and Abolition Special Issue: “Strike for Freedom.” (In-press)
  • “Serving “Reality” Television Realness: Reading RuPaul’s Drag Race and its Construction of Reality.” Journal of Homosexuality Special Issue: “Queer Subjectivities and the Contemporary United States.” (In-press)

Forthcoming publications include:

  • “Dirty Computers” and Reconfigured Bodies: Confronting White Supremacy in Afrofuturist and Afrosurrealist texts.
  • “Don’t Call Us Dead Because We Look Blue in the Moonlight” – an examination of queer black aesthetics.