Assistant Professor of English and American Literature
Texas Christian University
TCU Box 297270
Fort Worth, TX 76129
(817) 257-6245



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)

Academic Appointments

2014-present      Assistant Professor of English, Texas Christian University

2012-2014          Instructor, English Department, Montclair State University

2005-2007          Chancellor’s Teaching Fellow, City University of New York,
The Graduate Center

Editorial and Research Consultations

2007-2010          Editorial Associate, Women’s Studies Quarterly

2003-2004          Editorial Assistant, Lexis-Nexis, Martindale Hubbell

2001-2002          Research Assistant, Dr. Noel Polk, The University of Southern

Teaching and Research Interests

African American Drama and Performance; Literatures of the African Diaspora; Affect Theory; Visual Culture; Body Studies; Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies


Book Manuscript

Staging Black Fugitivity (Forthcoming with The Ohio State University Press)

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“‘I’m Every Woman’: The Cultural Influence and Afterlife of Florence Johnston of The Jeffersons.” Accepted with Revisions for inclusion in 25 Sitcoms that Changed Television. Eds. Laura Westengard and Aaron Barlow

“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.

“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.

Theatre Reviews

“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.

Book Reviews

“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.

Selected Conference Presentations

“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).


Honors and Awards

Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship, 2017-2018

Junior Faculty Summer Research Program, Texas Christian University, Summer 2015

Research and Creative Activities Fellowship, Texas Christian University, May 2015

Emory University Manuscripts and Rare Books Library Fellowship, May 2015

Postdoctoral Fellowship in African American and African Diaspora Literature, Rutgers University, 2014. (Declined)

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



Mentor, Ronald McNair Program, Texas Christian University (2015-present)

Acting Chair, Outreach Committee, Texas Christian University (2015-2016)

Presenter, Back-to-Class 2015, ADDRAN College of Liberal Arts, Texas Christian University (2015)

Article Reviewer, Sage Open, (2015)

Faculty Affiliate, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Texas Christian University (September 2014-present)

Facilitator, “Black Lives Matter Community Discussion,” Texas Christian University (December 2014)

Invited Speaker, American Culture Interest Group, Texas Christian University (November 2014)

Professional Development and Mentoring Committee, Montclair State University (present)

New Faculty Mentor, Montclair State University (present)

Presenter – Orals Workshop, Dissertation Prospectus Workshop, The Graduate Center, CUNY (Fall 2008 and Spring 2009)

Incoming Student Mentor, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2006-7)



Modern Language Association

Northeast Modern Language Association

American Studies Association

Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the US



Available upon request