MA American Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst PhD English, University of Washington (May 2014)
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.
BIS 216 Introduction to Cultural Studies: “Race and the Work of Culture”
BIS 371 20th Century American Literature: “Beyond National Belonging”
BISGST 397 Special Topics in Global Studies: “Mapping Globalization”
Research and Public Engagement:
My research on racialized and gendered violence, social transformation, and the politics of popular, visual, literary, and sonic cultures is situated in the tensions and connections between US American studies, Critical Ethnic Studies, Black Studies, and related political and intellectual traditions. My current work focuses on US racial formation in a global context and the ways in which histories of violence circulate in and help to shape contemporary cultural productions and common sense. This labor is informed by years of organizing with the Race/Knowledge Project collective at the University of Washington Seattle.
As a Community-Based Learning and Research Faculty Fellow, I'm developing projects and courses to connect UWB students and faculty to local arts and performance communities. As an arts writer, I partner with visual artists, performers, activists, and other cultural workers in the US and India to make sites of critical collaboration and translation. In 2013-2014, my work has been exhibited, presented, and published in a range of venues, including Seattle's SOIL Gallery, Emerson College in Boston, the On the Boards Performance Blog, the Critical Ethnic Studies and Cultural Studies Association conferences, and The Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice (forthcoming). I have also served as a peer reviewer for the journal Women & Performance.