I am an Assistant Professor of English at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, where I am also affiliated with the program in Africana Studies. Broadly, I situate my current research at the intersections of Black Studies and Humor Studies. I am currently working on a book manuscript that brings this together. Tentatively titled Laughter’s Fury: The Double Bind of Black Laughter, it examines how theories of laughter uphold and promote limited definitions of the human indebted to Western bourgeois culture’s overrepresentation of itself, challenging us to reconsider what epistemological, ontological, and disciplinary work laughter accomplishes within western philosophical traditions and cultural politics. Click here for more information.
From 2016-2018, I was a Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University’s Pembroke Center, where I taught two courses in the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program: one on American regional writing and another on laughter, resistance, and African American literature. I received my PhD from Tufts University’s Department of English in 2016.