I'm a PhD Candidate in English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan. My areas of focus are early modern literature and culture and African American and African diasporic literature and culture.
My current project, entitled "Moors, Mulattos, and Post-Racial Problems: Rethinking Racialization in Early Modern England," examines how early modern English literary representations of interethnicity between black and white figures attracts mistaken reception as "multicultural" in early modern scholarship. Dominant modes of critique fail to parse the more subtle modes of racialization that accompany early modern drama's progressive seeming aspects, particularly its staging of phenomena like interracialism, black ascendancy, and interethnic cooperation. My project counters claims of multiculturalism and recovers the nuance of early modern racialism by rereading early modern texts through 19th- and 20th-century African American literature.