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, 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

Nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature and culture • American Studies • African American literature and history • Latinx literature and history • cultural studies • historiography and theories of the archive • photography criticism and theory • history of photography • law and literature • race, science, and visuality • visual culture

Selected Invited Talks

November 2021
“What’s in a Face?” Visual Culture Colloquium, Center for Visual Culture, Bryn Mawr College.

October 2021
Discussion of Magical Habits, Profs. D. Padilla Peralta and S. Chihaya’s “Humanistic Perspectives on the Arts: Thinking in Public, Writing for the World,” Princeton University.

September 2021
Discussion of Magical Habits for Prof. K. Tongson’s course “Race, Gender, Sexuality and Food Cultures,” University of Southern California.

September 2021
Discussion of Magical Habits for Prof. J. Namakkal’s senior thesis seminar, Duke University.

July 2021
“Critical Creative Praxis.” Virtual Coffee Hour for graduate students hosted by Prof. K. Bain, Tufts University.

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

Selected Conference Presentations

November 2019
Respondent for Roundtable, “The Airing of Grievances: Grievance Studies and its Discontents.” American Studies Association Annual Conference, Hawaii.         

November 2018
“Aphorisms and the Unmarked,” A Roundtable on the Occasion of the 25th anniversary of Peggy Phelan’s Unmarked. American Studies Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

March 2018
“Uncontrolled Habits: Delsarte’s System of Expression.” Climates of the Will panel. C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Biennial Conference, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

In Service to the Fields

Co-editor with Saidiya Hartman, Erica Rand, Kathleen Stewart, 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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