Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature
I am an Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature. I hold a Ph.D. in Theatre from the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, and I am a former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris). My research focuses on early modern theatre across Europe. In my book in progress, Racecraft: Early Modern Repertoires of Blackness, I dissect the stagecraft used in early modern theatre to represent and racialize Africans and Afro-descendants across borders, in England, France, and Spain. I close-read plays, paratexts, images, treatises, ballads, and historical records to reconstruct the way Africans and Afro-descendants looked, sounded, and moved on stage—focusing on techniques of embodiment such as blackface, black talk, and black dances. That book is based upon my doctoral dissertation, which won the Shakespeare Association of America’s J. Leeds Barroll Dissertation Award for 2018.
My research was published in journals such as Renaissance Drama, Early Theatre, and is forthcoming in English Literary Renaissance. I also have essays forthcoming in Transnational Networks in Early Modern Theatre, edited by M.A. Katritzky and Pavel Drábek, as well as the new Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance Historiography, edited by Tracy C. Davis and Peter Marx, The Cultural History of Race in the Reformation and Enlightenment, 1550-1760, edited by Nicholas Hudson, and The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Race, edited by Ayanna Thompson. My academic interests include early modern drama, literature, and culture, transnational and comparative literature, Shakespeare, theatre history, performance studies, race studies, colonialism and post-colonialism, gender and sexuality studies, acting, and translation (English, French, Spanish).