Specializes in Anglophone Caribbean and African Diaspora literatures. Her scholarly interests include Speculative Fictions (mystery/detective, fantasy/science fiction, thriller, horror) written by writers of African descent, such as Patrick Chamoiseau, Nalo Hopkinson, NK Jemisin, Walter Mosley, BarbaraNeely, Nnedi Okorafor, and Colson Whitehead. Her first manuscript, “Colón Man a Come”: Mythographies of Panamá Canal Migration, examines the recurrent figure of the Panama Canal worker in Caribbean literature, song, and memoir. She is working on a manuscript that examines whether speculative fictions written by black writers might be suitable vehicles through which the conflicted issues of race, gender, location, and diaspora in the Americas might be explored.
This project examines whether speculative fictions written by black writers might be suitable vehicles through which the conflicted issues of race, gender, location, and diaspora in the Americas might be explored. In thinking about what “haunts” these discourses in Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean, science fiction/fantasy, thriller/adventure, and mystery/detective—specifically those recently written by African Diaspora writers Barbara Neely, Octavia Butler, Colin Channer, Nalo Hopkinson, Colson Whitehead, Steven Barnes, and Patrick Chamoiseau—are rich resources for examining the “mysterious perversities” of contemporary thinking about concerns of peoples in the African Diaspora.
Emerging Voices, New Directions/Ford Foundation/Bowdoin College Summer Grant, 2003.
Scholars-in-Residence Fellowship, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 2001-2002.
DuBois-Mandela-Rodney Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2001-2002. (declined)
Faculty Fellowship, Boston College, Fall 2001. (declined)
Research Incentive Grant, Boston College, Spring 2000.
American Studies Association (ASA)
Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars (ACWWS)
Caribbean Studies Association (CSA)
Modern Language Association (MLA)