I am an Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA. Broadly, I situate my current research at the intersection of Black Studies and Humor Studies. I am working on a book manuscript that brings this together. Tentatively titled Laughter’s Fury: The Double Bind of Black Laughter, it examines how theories of laughter uphold and promote limited definitions of the Human indebted to Western bourgeois culture’s overrepresentation of itself, challenging us to reconsider what epistemological, ontological, and disciplinary work laughter accomplishes within western philosophical traditions and cultural politics.
From 2016-2018, I was a Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University’s Pembroke Center, where I taught two courses in the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program: one on American regionalism and another on laughter, resistance, and African American literature. I received my PhD from Tufts University’s Department of English in 2016. I am a Mellon Mays Fellow and a Posse Scholar. I dream of one day having an avocado tree that fruits.