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I am an assistant professor of English at Vanderbilt University. I received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, with a Doctoral Emphasis in Global & International Studies, from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.A. in English and Spanish, along with a Secondary Education Teaching degree in these fields, from the University of Freiburg, Germany. My research is broadly concerned with the relation between the poetics and the politics of racial disavowal and antiracism across national borders and literary traditions. My teaching and research areas, in no particular order, include 20th and 21st century African American, Afro-Latin American, Chicana/o, Latina/o, South African, and Inter-American literatures; Black radical thought, critical race theory, postcolonial theory, sociology of race and ethnic relations, and white supremacy; antiracist, feminist, and Indigenous epistemologies. Next semester, I will be teaching the courses Bodies, Borders, and Power (ENG 118w) and Post-Apartheid South African Literature (ENG 276).
I am currently working on a book entitled Colorblind Tools: Narrating Racial Power in the Americas and South Africa, which examines the rhetorical contours of colorblindness and its implications for literary imaginaries, antiracist politics, and the production of knowledge in a transnational comparative context. Taking Panamanian, U.S. American, and South African literary and scholarly productions as primary case studies, the book concurrently illustrates the transportability of the discourse across time and space, its contextual and geographical particularity, and its inextricability from deeply entrenched colonial epistemologies and ontologies. In the process, it demonstrates that colorblindness has far-reaching implications across historical, national, linguistic, literary, disciplinary and racial boundaries.
Image on the banner: "Before You Move the World, Move Yourself First." Mural of Steve Biko by artist Nkululeko Mahlangu - Soweto, South Africa, 2010.
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