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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 , 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 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 relations; antiracist, feminist, and Indigenous epistemologies. This semester, I am teaching the courses Bodies, Borders, and Power and Post-Apartheid South African Literature.
Currently, I am completing 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. Challenging established theories of racial formation that posit a fundamental shift in racial dynamics and hegemonic ideology since the formal demise of racial dictatorships, Colorblind Tools reveals overlaps and continuities between colonial, overt white supremacist, and colorblindness discourses, as well as unforeseen affinities between racist and antiracist strategies, colonial and decolonial imaginaries. In the process, showing that colorblindness is not new, it uncovers the rhetorical manifestations of what I call an epistemology of disavowal. Taking Panamanian, U.S. American, and South African literary and scholarly productions as primary case studies, the book shows that colorblindness has far-reaching implications across historical, national, literary, disciplinary and racial boundaries.
Image on the banner: District 6, Cape Town, South Africa, 2012.
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