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- Associate Professor, African American Studies & African Diaspora Studies, University of California, Berkeley 2010-present
- Core Faculty Member, Research Cluster in LGBTQ Citizenship at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, University of California, Berkeley
- Affiliated Faculty, Gender & Women’s Studies, University of California, Berkeley
1999 Ph.D. Stanford University, Modern Thought & Literature
1991 M.A. Yale University, African American Studies
1991 J.D. Yale Law School
1986 A.B. Stanford University, Human Biology (with distinction)
2007-2010 Assistant Professor, African American Studies & African Diaspora Studies Dept., UC-Berkeley
2003-2007 Assistant Professor, English Dept., University of California, Santa Barbara
1999-2001 Assistant Professor, English Dept., University of Texas at Austin
1998-99 Teaching Fellow, Introduction to the Humanities Program, Stanford University
1997-98 Instructor, Master of Arts in Writing Program, University of San Francisco
FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS AND AWARDS
2016-17 Humanities Research Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley
2015-16 Mellon Foundation Project Grant
2014-16 Institute for International Studies Grant: “The Black Room” Working Group
2011 Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize for Queer Studies, Modern Language Association
2005 Faculty Career Development Award, University of California, Santa Barbara
2003-04 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
2001-03 University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship
1995-96 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
1992-95 Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship
- Extravagant Abjection: Blackness, Power and Sexuality in the African American Literary Imagination (NYU Press, 2010).
- “The Not-Yet Justice League: Fantasy, Redress and Transatlantic Black History on the Comic Book Page,” in Migrating the Black Body. Leigh Raiford and Heike Raphael-Hernandez, editors. (U of Washington P, forthcoming)
- “Big Black Beauty: Drawing and Naming the Black Male Figure in Superhero and Gay Porn Comics,” in Porn Archives. Tim Dean, editor. (Duke UP, 2014)
- “The Literature of ‘What If ..?’,” in The Cambridge History of Gay and Lesbian Literature. Ellen MacCullum and Mikko Tuhkanen, editors. (Cambridge UP, 2014)
- “I Can See Atlantis from My House: Sex, Fantasy and Phallos,” in Phallos: Enhanced and Revised Edition, by Samuel R. Delany. Robert Reid-Pharr, editor. (Wesleyan UP, 2013)
- “Black/Abject: Frantz Fanon and James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man.” Liminal Anthropologies. Jochen Achilles, Brigitte Burrichter and Roland Bogards, editors. (Wuerzburg, Germany: Königshausen and Neumann, 2013)
- “The Fine Details: Torture and the Social Order,” in Speaking About Torture. Julie A. Carlson and Elisabeth Weber, editors. (Fordham UP, 2012)
- “More Man Than You’ll Ever Be: Antonio Fargas, Eldridge Cleaver and Toni Morrison’s Beloved,” in Dangerous Liaisons: Blacks, Gays, and the Struggle for Equality. Eric Brandt, editor. (New York: The New Press, 1999)
- “Delany’s Divinities,” American Literary History 24.4 (Winter 2012): 702-722.
- “Love, Rockets, Race & Sex,” The Americas Review 22.3-4 (Fall-Winter 1994): 73-106.
- “Jungle Fever? Black Gay Identity Politics … and the Utopian Bedroom,” GLQ 1.3 (1994): 299-321.
- Hex (New York: Carroll & Graf, 2007)
- Traitor to the Race (New York: Dutton, 1995)
- Best Black Gay Erotica, editor (San Francisco: Cleis Press, 2005)
- “Prince/Whore,” in Inside Him. Joel B. Tan, editor. (New York: Carroll & Graf, 2006)
- “1979,” in Giant Steps: The New Generation of African American Writers. Kevin Young, editor (New York: HarperCollins, 2000)
- “A Ho’s Hieroglyphic,” Callaloo 23.1 (Winter 2000): 174-185.
- “In the Year of Their Lord, 1674,” Callaloo 21.1 (1998): 245-250.
- “Why I Need …,” in Flesh and the Word 4. Michael Loewenthal, editor (New York: Dutton/Plume, 1997)
- “This City of Men,” Callaloo 17.4 (Fall 1994): 1035-1050. Reprinted in Ancestral House: The Black Short Story in the Americas and Europe, ed. Charles Rowell (Boulder: Westview Press, 1995). Reprinted in Shade: An Anthology of Fiction by Gay Men of African Descent, eds. Bruce Morrow & Charles Rowell (New York: Avon Books, 1996). Reprinted in Freedom in This Village: Twenty-Five Years of Black Gay Men’s Writing, ed. E. Lynn Harris (New York: Carroll & Graf, 2005).
- “Quotes From Just Outside the Closet,” Christopher Street 12(2).134: 22-26, 1989.
- “Reflections on Callaloo” (essay), Callaloo 30.1 (Winter 2007): 285-286.
- “Old School Sex” (essay), Corpus 3.1 (Fall 2005): 60-89.
- “My Black Book: A Review” (book review), The Journal of Homosexuality 49.2 (2005): 172-177.
- “Ride of the Centaurs” (essay), in Gay Travels: A Literary Companion. Lucy Jane Bledsoe, editor. (San Francisco: Whereabouts Press, 1998). Reprinted in Callaloo 23.1 (Winter 2000): 268-277.
- Yale Journal of Law and Liberation, co-founder; editor, 1989-90.
Works in Progress
- Keeping It Unreal: Comics and Black Queer Fantasy, book project
- Conjurors, novel manuscript. Completed draft: 107,000 words.
- The Dream-Slaves, novel manuscript. Completed draft: 110,000 words.
RECENT SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS
- “Drawing Out Queerness: Artists and Scholars in Conversation” & “Porn This Way: Male Sexuality in Queer Comics.” Panelist, Queers & Comics: LGBTQ Cartoonists and Comics Conference, CUNY Graduate Center, May 2015.
- “Blade the Vampire Slayer and the Black Male Figure in Superhero Comics.” Scholarly Voices Speaker Series, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA, April 2015.
- “Big Black Beauty: Black Male Figures in Gay Erotic Comics.” Invited special guest, Queer/Art/Poetics: A Conference on the Art of Queer Theory, Wesleyan University, April 2015.
- “The Not-Yet Justice League: Fantasy, Redress and Transatlantic Black History on the Comic Book Page.” Migrating the Black Body: the African Diaspora and Visual Culture, Volkswagen Foundation International Symposium, Hannover, Germany, September 2014; and American Studies Association annual convention, Los Angeles, CA, October 2014.
- “Big Black Beauty: Black Male Figures in Gay Erotic Comics and Black Pro-nography.” Black Sexual Economies: Transforming Black Sexualities Research, Washington University in St. Louis, September 2013.
- “The Fantasy of Blackness.” Feminist Pedagogy Speaker Series, Institute for Research on Women & Gender, Columbia University, May 2013.
- “Bad Ass: Beauty and the Black Male Superhero.” A Beautiful Struggle: Transformative Black Studies in Shifting Political Landscapes—A Summit of Doctoral Programs, Northwestern University, April 2012.
- “Sexual Violence in Toni Morrison’s Desdemona.” Symposium on Premiere of Toni Morrison’s “Desdemona,” Townsend Center for the Humanities, University of California, Berkeley, November 2012.
- “Black/Abject: Frantz Fanon and James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man.” Modern Thought & Literature 40th Anniversary Speaker Series, Stanford University, November 2012.
- “The Fine Details: Torture, Censorship, and Samuel R. Delany’s Hogg.” Invited lecture, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, September 2010.
- “Beauty = Power: Black Male Images in Superhero and Gay Porn Comics.” Imaging Blackness: Visuality, Liberation, and the Post-Racial in African American Cultural Politics, Amerika-Institut, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany, July 2010.
- “A Politics of Black Bottom-ing: Samuel R. Delany’s Mad Man and Lusting for the N-Word.” Queer of Color Critique Symposium, Texas A&M University, March 2010.
- “Extravagant Abjection: Blackness, Power and Sexuality.” An Author’s Roundtable, the Unit for Criticism, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, September 2009.
- “African American Literature and the Art of Social Change.” Socially Engaged Art: A Panel Discussion, On the Same Page, University of California, Berkeley, March 2009.
- “Queer/Black/Abject.” Queer Bonds: A Symposium on Sexuality and Sociability, The Center for the Study of Sexual Culture, University of California, Berkeley, February 2009.
Department & University (University of California, Berkeley)
Chair, 5 Ph.D. dissertation committees ** Chair, Search Committee for African Diaspora position (dept), 2013-14 ** Search Committee for Social Science position (dept), 2012-13 ** Graduate Admissions Committee (dept), 2007-2011 ** Chair, Ad Hoc Grievance Committee (dept), 2011-2012 ** Chair, Curriculum Committee (dept), 2009-2010 ** Curriculum Committee (dept), 2008-2009 and 2014-15 ** Tenth Anniversary of Ph.D. Program Celebration Committee (dept), 2007 ** Creating Connections Consortium Advisory Committee (university), 2013-14 ** LGBT Minor Advisory Committee (university), 2010-present ** On the Same Page Book Selection Committee (university), 2014-present ** Advisory Committee for the Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures (university), 2012-present
Department & University (University of California, SB)
Administrative Committee (dept), 2004-2005 ** Graduate Studies Committee (dept), 2003-2004/2005-2006 ** Center for Black Studies Advisory Committee (university), 2004-2005
Department (The University of Texas)
Executive Committee, 2000-2001 ** Post-colonial Position Search Committee, 2000-2001
Chair & Respondent for ASA panel, “Transforming the Framework, Re-Imagining Black Masculinities,” October 2011 ** Presiding Officer & Respondent for PAMLA panel, “Transoceanic Dialogues: Africa & Diaspora,” November 2006 ** Chair & Organizer for MLA panel, “Queering the Body Politic II: the Black Arts Movement,” December, 2000
New York University Press (3) ** Duke University Press (2) ** Oxford University Press ** GLQ (3) ** Modern Fiction Studies ** Porn Studies
External tenure reviewer
Bowdoin College, Dept. of English ** University of Virginia, Dept. of English, Language & Literature ** University of California, Riverside, Dept. of Media & Cultural Studies
- American Studies Association
- Modern Language Association
- 20th& 21st century African American literature and culture
- Queer theory, LGBTQ Studies and literature
- 20th & 21st century American literature, American Studies
- Creative Writing
- Spanish (reading competency)