writer • professor


Curriculum vitae


Princeton University • Department of English & Program in American Studies • Assistant Professor

Fall 2021
University of Pennsylvania • Visual Studies Program • Visiting Scholar

Princeton University • Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts • Link-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow

Duke University • Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies • Provost’s Postdoctoral Associate


University of California, Berkeley • English • Ph.D.

Princeton University • History • M. A.

Harvard University • History & Literature • A. B. • Magna cum laude


The Unintended: Photography, Property, and the Aesthetics of Racial Capitalism
Forthcoming June 2023, New York University Press, America and the Long 19th Century series
*New York University Press Featured Author

Magical Habits

2021, Duke University Press, Writing Matters! series
*Duke University Press Scholars of Color First Book Award Winner

Teaching Fields

• histories of race & media • history of photography • law and humanities • photography criticism and theory • visual culture • American Studies • comparative studies of race & ethnicity • cultural studies • historiography and theories of the archive

Selected Invited Talks

April 2022
“Ancestors and the Archive,” a Roundtable Discussion with Profs. N. Mirzoeff (NYU), Gil Hochberg (Columbia), and memory worker and community archivist, Zakiya Collier, New Histories | New Futures Initiative, Mangum Foundation

November 2021

“What’s in a Face?” Visual Culture Colloquium, Center for Visual Culture, Bryn Mawr College.

February 2021
“Aphorism as Promise.” Emily Carroll ’99 Carleton Lecture, English Department, Bates College.  

Selected Conference Presentations

January 2023
Respondent to “Looking Like Property” panel, sponsored by the Media Studies Visual Cultures Forum. Modern Language Association Annual Conference, San Francisco.

November 2022
“For the Love of Limits: Faces and Works.” The Face as Technology panel. American Studies Association Annual Conference, New Orleans.

November 2019

Respondent for Roundtable, “The Airing of Grievances: Grievance Studies and its Discontents.” American Studies Association Annual Conference, Hawaii. 

In Service to the Fields

Councilor, National Council, American Studies Association


Co-editor with Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Erica Rand, Jerry Zee, Writing Matters! series, Duke University Press

Executive Committee, MS Visual Culture Forum, Modern Language Association

Organizing Committee, Law & Literature Works-in-Progress Workshop, University of Toronto Law School

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