Much of my work has been in the area of African American literature and literary theory. My most recent work is in book form; I have two book projects forthcoming from SUNY Press in 2014. The first is a study entitled Habitations of the Veil: Metaphor and the Poetics of Being in African American Literature. The second is a collection of critical essays on the work of Paul Gilroy, entitled Retrieving the Human: Reading Paul Gilrow. This volume, which I co-edited with Jay Garcia (New York University), includes a new essay by as well as an interview with Professor Gilroy.
Other recent work includes the following articles:
My introduction and notes for a new edition of The Interesting Narrative, by the eighteenth-century autobiographer Olaudah Equiano, was published by Barnes and Noble Press in December 2005. Another essay I am currently completing, entitled “Habitations of the Veil: Two Instances of Autobiography,” is forthcoming in the journal Criticism. This piece focuses on questions of refiguration, presence, and representation in two autobiographical texts by W.E.B. Du Bois. I have also written encyclopedia and/or review articles on the authors and scholars Ralph Ellison, Albert Murray, Gerald Early, and Itabari Njeri.
As a comparatist, I am interested in transnational, African American, and American studies, and have led various graduate and undergraduate seminars having to do with matters of cross-cultural representation. My research areas also include the Francophone Caribbean literatures of Martinique and Guadeloupe.
Coleags Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Washington University, 2001
M.A., Comparative Literature, Washington University, 1996
M.Ed., Higher Education Administration, Ohio University, 1994
A.B., French, Ohio University, 1987