Harvard College Professor
Professor of English and of African and African American Studies
Education: B.A., Vassar (1991)
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley (2002)
Interests: The Literature, History and Culture of New World Slavery; African-American Visual Art; Anglophone Caribbean Literature; Theories on Memory and Textuality; Gender and Cultural Studies; Native American and Latino/a US Literature.
Laughing Fit to Kill; Black Humor in the Fictions of Slavery (Oxford UP. 2008); Conjuring the Mysteries of Slavery: Voodoo, Fetishism and Stereotype in Ishmael Reed’s Flight to Canada(American Literature, 2005); Junot’s Prize: A Pulitzer First for Afro-Latino Literature (April 29, 2008); ” ‘Any Gum, Chum?': Thomas Pynchon and the Culture of Modern War,” New Literary History of American Literature, Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors, eds. (Harvard University Press, 2009).