I received my PhD in English Language and Literature and my graduate certificate in African American studies from the University of Michigan, where I am currently a Frederick Donald Sober Postdoctoral Fellow. My primary research fields are early modern English literature and African American literature. In my work, I look for productive intersections between these two traditions.
My current research derives theoretical approaches from the field of African American studies to rethink early modern issues of race. Early modern studies has made fascinating inroads by considering, for example, what the approaches of Hegel or Foucault might enable us to see about Renaissance English literature and culture. I consider what thinkers like Zora Neale Hurston and Frederick Douglass can teach us about the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
Before coming to Michigan, I received my B.A. in English with honors from Rutgers University, where I was also captain of the Track and Field team and an NCAA Academic All-American.