Where I Work
I’m An Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of California, Irvine.
Before joining the faculty at UCI, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English at UCLA.
What I’m Working On
I research and teach early modern English literature and culture and African American literature and culture. My current book project explores representations of black ascendency, racial mixing, and interracial cooperation in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. It uses critical race scholarship and work from the African American tradition to place early modern England into a longer historical trajectory of racialized thought.
Where I studied
I completed my graduate work at the University of Michigan, where I received my M.A. and Ph.D. in English Language and Literature. I was also a graduate fellow at Michigan’s Institute for the humanities, and a student in michigan’s Department of AfroAmerican and African Studies, where i obtained a graduate certificate in African American and Diasporic Studies.
I received my B.A. from Rutgers University, where I majored in English and competed on the track and field team as a hurdler and sprinter. I was a team captain and an academic all-american. I still hold the school record in the 60 Meter Hurdles.
A Few Courses I Teach
race and religion in Shakespeare’s time
Mixed Race Literature in the African American Tradition
Early Modern Encounters
Contemporary African american Literature