Associate Professor of Queer Studies
His scholarly interests include queer studies, race and white supremacy, critical prison studies, transgender studies, American studies, critical theory, and feminist studies. His research focuses on the racial, gender, and sexual politics of the late twentieth-century U.S. prison system. In particular, he is interested in the forms of knowledge produced by post-1960s prisoners and activists as they confronted a new state form he calls the “neoliberal-carceral state.”
His publications include “‘The Only Freedom I Can See’: Imprisoned Queer Writing and the Politics of the Unimaginable,” published in the edited collection Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison-Industrial Complex; “Possessed by Death: The Neoliberal-Carceral State, Black Feminism, and the Afterlife of Slavery,” published in a special issue of Radical History Review on “Genealogies of Neoliberalism”; and “‘It's Here, It's That Time’: Race, Queer Futurity, and the Temporality of Violence in Born in Flames,” published in Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory. He is author of the book Fugitive Life: Race, Sexuality, and the Rise of the Neoliberal-Carceral State (Duke University Press) and an essay on Michel Foucault’s unpublished work with the “Prison Information Group.”
This course examines historical and theoretical scholarship on the development and operation of racial capitalism. Focusing on the United States, the course explores research areas such as slavery, settler-colonialism, immigration and migration, the war on terror, economics, and the law. At the same time, we will also explore the relationship between gender, sexuality, and racial capitalism examining feminist, queer, and trans understandings of the foundational relationship between capitalism and race. Keywords: Black, Native, Feminism, Marxism
This course examines the many visions and theories of freedom created by artists and activists within the black radical tradition. Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century and moving to the present moment, we will investigate the activisms and art central to creating what Angela Davis and W.E.B. Du Bois call, "abolition democracy." We will investigate the many meanings of freedom across a variety of forms including historical scholarship, black feminist theory, manifestos, music, painting, poetry, sculpture, film, transgender critique, queer activisms, and photography. Topics will include slavery, incarceration, civil rights and black power, black lives matter, transnationalism, among others. Keywords: feminism, racism, culture, resistance
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