Assistant Professor of English and American Literature

Texas Christian University

TCU Box 297270

Fort Worth, TX 76129

(817) 257-6245

Cell: (908) 397-6569



Educational background:

Ph.D. English, City University of New York, The Graduate Center, New York, NY (2011); **Certificate in Women’s Studies

M.A.   English, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS (2003)

B.S.     English Education, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS (1999)

Present rank:

2014-present      Assistant Professor of English, Texas Christian University

Year of appointment: 2014

Previous teaching and research appointments:

2012-2014          Instructor, English Department, Montclair State University

2005-2007         Chancellor’s Teaching Fellow, CUNY, The Graduate Center

Courses taught:

Texas Christian University Undergraduate

ENGL 10133 – Introduction to Literature ENGL 10123 – Introduction to Drama

ENGL 20593 – Introduction to Literatures of the Global African Diaspora ENGL 30563 – American Drama

ENGL 30573 – African-American Literature ENGL 40533 – Toni Morrison

WGST/CRES 30303 – Women of Color Feminisms


ENGL 70563 – American Stagings: Culture, Theatre, Performance

ENGL 80583 – Seminar in Contemporary African American Literature: The Literary Afterlives of Slavery

Montclair State University Undergraduate

WRIT 105 – College Writing I: College Writing and Intellectual Prose WRIT 106 – College Writing II: Writing and Literary Study

City University of New York Graduate Center – Hunter College ENG 220 – Introduction to Literature

Refereed publications:

Staging Black Fugitivity The Ohio State University Press – Black Performance and Cultural Criticism Series, 2019.

“August Wilson and the Anti-Spectacle of Blackness and Disability in Fences and Two Trains RunningCollege Language Association Journal 61.1 (2018): 65-83.

“Witnessing and Wounding in Suzan-Lori Parks’s Venus.” Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US (MELUS) Special Issue: Visual Culture and Race. 39.2 (2014): 188-207.

“‘I’m Every Woman: The Cultural Influence and of Florence Johnston of The JeffersonsThe 25 Sitcoms that Changed Television: Turning Points in American Culture, Eds. Laura Westengard and Aaron Barlow, ABC-CLIO, 2018.

“Navel-erasing: Androgyny and Self-Making in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon and Jamaica Kincaid’s The Autobiography of My Mother.” Imagining the Black Female Body: Reconciling Image in Print and Visual Culture. Ed. Carol Henderson. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010. 145-161.


“‘Stories that Never Stop’: Fugitivity and Neo-Slave Performance.” Modern Drama, Special Issue: Slavery’s Reinventions.

“Birthrights and Black Lives: Narrating and Disrupting Perverse Narrative Inheritances.” Women’s Studies Quarterly.

Book and Theatre Reviews:

“Review of Afro-Atlantic Flight: Speculative Returns and the Black Fantastic by Michelle Commander” Studies in the Novel. 50.2 (2018): 301-303.

Holler if Ya Hear Me – Book by Todd Kriedler, Lyrics by TuPac Shakur. Directed by Kenny Leon. Palace Theatre, Broadway. New York City (Review) 21 June 2014.” Theatre Journal. Volume 61.1 (2015):124-127.

Stick Fly by Lydia R. Diamond.” Directed by Kenny Leon. Cort Theatre, New York City. (Review) 7 December 2011.” Theatre Journal. Volume 64.3 (2012): 441-444.

Violence, Visual Culture and the Black Male Body by Cassandra Jackson.” Callaloo. 36.1 (2013): 207-210.

Rev. of Reading Africa into American Literature by Keith Cartwright.” The Southern Quarterly: A Journal of Arts in the South 41. 1 (2002): 129-131.

External Grant Support:

Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship, 2017-2018

Emory University Manuscripts and Rare Books Library Fellowship, May 2015

Internal Grant Support:

Junior Faculty Summer Research Program, Texas Christian University, Summer 2015 Research and Creative Activities Fellowship, Texas Christian University, May 2015

Papers presented:

“A Future Beyond Death: Black Women’s Autobiography in the Era of Black Lives Matter.” National Women’s Studies Association, Atlanta, GA (November 2018).

“Slavery, Public History and Memorialization” (Panelist). Brown University, The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Providence, RI (May 2018).

“‘The Interval of the Captive’s Redemption’: The Cultural Resonance of Nat Turner.” Northeast MLA, Pittsburgh, PA (April 2018).

“Staging Black Geographies of Slavery in August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean.” The Lapidus Center/Schomburg Center, New York, NY (November 2017).

“Upending the Familiar Spectacle of Slavery in Robert O’Hara’s Insurrection and Antebellum.” Performance Studies Focus Group/Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Las Vegas, NV. (August 2017).

Roundtable panelist on Blackness and Disability. Celebrating African American Literature and Language Conference. Penn State University. State College, PA (October 2016).

“Mothering from the Boundaries: Mothers of the Movement and the Politics of Grief.” Black Women and Girls Symposium, Providence College. (September 2016).

“Trans-formations: Black Women and Gender Performance in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth -Century.” Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, Austin, TX. (January 2016).

“Healing Theory: The Personal and the Pedagogical.” Black Women’s Intellectual Work for Our Times. Minding the Field: Exploring and Expanding Women’s and Gender Studies in North Texas. UT Arlington. (October 2015).

“The Sight of Memory: Re-visioning Slave Subjectivity in Lydia Diamond’s Harriet Jacobs.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada. (October 2015).

“The Walking Dead: Black Bodies and the Law.” Northeast Modern Language Association. Toronto, Canada (May 2015).

“Bearing Witness: Performative Emotionality in Contemporary Black Theatre.” Modern Language Association, Vancouver, Canada. (January 2015).

“‘Your silence will not protect you’: Audre Lorde and the Black Female Body in Pain.” Celebrating African American Literature, Penn State University (October 2013).

“Scenes of Objection: The Black Body in Performance.” Panel Organizer and Moderator. NeMLA Convention, Boston, MA (April 2013).

“Returning to the Wound in Robbie McCauley’s Sally’s Rape and Suzan-Lori Parks’s Venus.” NeMLA Convention, Montreal, Quebec (April 2010).

“From Jolly Joe’s Lady Minstrels to Madea Simmons: Enduring Representations of Black Womanhood through Impersonation.” Theorizing Blackness Conference, The Graduate Center, CUNY (April 2008).

Invited Lectures:

Southern Methodist University. “All of a Dare: Black Women and the Harlem Renaissance” African American Women’s Symposium. (2019)

Brown University. “Performing Counter-monumentality in August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean” The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Providence, RI (2018)

“‘Stories that Never Stop’: Fugitivity and Neo-Slave Performance.” Slavery’s Reinventions Symposium (2018)

University of North Texas. “Putting on Whiteness: Unmasking Minstrelsy in Contemporary African American Drama” UNT American Studies Colloquium (2016)

Tarrant County College. Open Mic and Read-In for African American Heritage Month (2016) Consulting:

2019 TCU Common Reading Instruction Guide Committee – The Hate U Give

2014 Facilitator, “Black Lives Matter Community Discussion” TCU

TCU Departmental Service:

2019-present Advisory Committee

2019-present Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Search Committee 2018-2019 Undergraduate Studies Committee

2016-2017 Black Studies Search Committee 2015-2016 Acting Chair, Outreach Committee 2014-2015 Outreach Committee Member

TCU University Service:

2019-present Co-Director African American and Africana Studies Minor

2018-present CRES Research, Creativity and Community Engagement Committee 2017-present AddRan Curriculum Committee

2019-present Faculty Advisor for Race Ethnicity and Culture Collective 2016-2017 Faculty Advisor for TCUnderground and Sigma Tau Delta 2015-present Mentor, Ronald McNair Program

2017-present Core Faculty, Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies Department 2014-present Core Faculty Women’s and Gender Studies Department

Community Service:

2019     Tarrant County Black History and Genealogical Society Women’s History Month Keynote

2018     Talk Back Facilitator for Stage West’s Production of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s An  Octoroon

2018     KERA Interview on Lorraine Hansberry for website

2018    Post-show panelist for KERA’s presentation of I am Not Your Negro film

2016    Post-show panelist for KERA’s presentation of Black America Since MLK: And Still  I Rise film

Memberships in professional organizations:

Modern Language Association

Northeast Modern Language Association American Studies Association

National Women’s Studies Association

Professional Honors and Awards:

English Department Teaching Award, 2019 Graduate Faculty of the Year Award, 2019 AddRan Interdisciplinary Teaching Grant, 2019

AddRan Diversity Research Award, 2018

Alternate, Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, 2014.

Carolyn G. Heilbrun Dissertation Prize for Outstanding Feminist Dissertation in the Humanities, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2011

MAGNET Dissertation Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2011 Ph.D. Orals Examination: Pass With Distinction, 2008

Presidential Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2007-2009 Chancellor’s Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2005-2007 Teaching Fellowship, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2001-2002

Howard and Helen Bahr Graduate Research Award, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2001

Other professional activities:

Media Appearance:

KERA Interview with Anne Bothwell. “Stage West An Octoroon Explores What it Means to be a Black Playwright.” 7 September 2018. explores-race-and-what-it-means-to-be-a-playwright/