Themes of Black feminism, Black sexuality studies, pop culture, literary studies, and interrogations of sexual violence connect my research, publications, presentations, and teaching.

I received an M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University, and a B.A. in English from Spelman College. I remain a proud and involved alumna of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate program.

I was a 2021-22 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies and am currently an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Irvine.

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