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I am a fifth year Ph.D. candidate at the Ohio State University in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and one of one of two Black feminist scholars recruited to join the faculty in the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Irvine in 2021. Awarded the Carter G. Woodson Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship in Africana and African American Studies at the University of Virginia, I am grateful to spend my first year at UCI in residence at the CGWI.

I received a M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University, and a B.A. in English from Spelman College. As an undergraduate, I applied the to the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and I remain a proud and involved alumna of the program. I am passionate about diversifying the academy, conducting culturally relevant research, and serving underrepresented students.

My dissertation, “Hushed Articulations: Theorizing Representations of Black Women’s Post-Violence Sexuality,” investigates attitudes toward and representations of black women’s sexuality in the aftermath of sexual violence. In the 21st century, neoliberal subject formation and the social text of personal empowerment have increasingly polarized conceptualizations of victimhood and survivorship, and black women’s relationship to these post-violence identities is especially fraught. Through black feminist literary analysis and close reading, this project examines the murky overlap of arousal, trauma, and performative heroism in black women’s articulations of post-violence sexuality. My current and forthcoming research makes interventions in the fields of rape crisis feminism and anti-rape activism, Black feminism, literary criticism, trauma studies, and gender studies.

Research Interests:

Black Feminism

Black Sexuality Studies

Black Feminist Aesthetics

African American/Black Women’s Literature

Women’s and Gender Studies

Sexual Violence Narratives