Teaching and Research Interests
▪ Caribbean Literature ▪ Digital Humanities
▪ Gender and Sexuality Studies ▪ Postcolonial Literature and Theory
▪ World Anglophone Literature ▪ African American Literature

Academic Appointments

2016 – present  Williams College, Sterling Brown Distinguished Visiting Professor
2006 – present
   York College/CUNY, English Department
Associate Professor of Postcolonial Literature (2012-present)
Assistant Professor of Postcolonial Literature (2006-2012)
2008 – 2009       Johns Hopkins University, Center for Africana Studies
Postdoctoral Fellow
2002 – 2006       Rutgers University, English Department
Part-Time Lecturer and Graduate Assistant
2004 – 2006      Rutgers University, Women’s and Gender Studies
Part-time Lecturer
2002 – 2003      The College of New Jersey, Women’s Studies Department
Adjunct Instructor

Educational Background
Ph.D., English, Rutgers University
– Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies
M.A., Literature, Florida International University
B.S., Communications, (Magna Cum Laude) University of Miami

“Defining Madnesses: Representations of Insanity in Anglophone Caribbean Literature”
Committee: Brent Hayes Edwards (Director), Abena P.A. Busia, Marianne DeKoven, and Simon Gikandi (Outside Reader, Princeton University)

Awards (Past 5 years)

  • Diversity Projects Development Fund Grant – “Gender and the Caribbean Body”: Funding to create reading group and public event, CUNY, Spring 2014
  • PSC-CUNY Grant – Funding to develop sx salon: a small axe literary platform, Research Foundation of CUNY, 2013-2014
  • PSC-CUNY Grant – Funding to complete revisions on Disturbers of the Peace manuscript, Research Foundation of CUNY, 2011-2012
  • Mellon Seminar Fellowship – “Freedom” Center for the Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center, 2011-2012
  • Diversity Projects Development Fund Grant – Funding to expand discussion forum in sx salon: a small axe literary platform, CUNY, Spring 2011 (matching funds awarded from York College)
  • Funded Seminar, “Caribbean Epistemologies,” Center for the Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center, 2010-2011
  • PSC-CUNY Grant – Funding to visit the Special Collections Library at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Research Foundation of CUNY, 2010-2011
  • York College, Online-Hybrid Course Development Program – funded summer workshop, Summer 2010
  • Diversity Projects Development Fund Grant – Funding to support building an online Caribbean literature salon, CUNY, Spring 2010
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Africana Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 2008-09

Academic and Professional Service (past 5 years)

  • Editor, sx salon: a small axe literary platform, Spring 2010 – present
  • Director, York College Honors Program, Fall 2012 – Spring 2014
  • Managing Editor, Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, Fall 2007 – Fall 2012
  • Discipline Coordinator, York College English Department, Fall 2010 – Spring 2012
  • Co-chair, Academic Program Review, York College, Fall 2009 – Fall 2010
  • Editorial Advisory Board member, Voces del Caribe, Spring 2007 – present
  • Reviewer, Signs; European Journal of Women’s Studies
  • Task Force and Advisory Board Member, Center for Excellence in Teaching, York College, Spring 2007 – Fall 2009

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