Brittney Edmonds

Brittney Edmonds joined the Department of English in 2010. Before coming to Princeton, Brittney earned her B.A. from Cornell University in English and American Studies. At Cornell, Brittney was a Meinig Family Cornell National Scholar and a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. At Princeton, Brittney specializes in African-American literature, with a deep focus on contemporary literatures. She is currently writing a dissertation entitled, Consuming Blackness: Black Postmodernity and the Crisis of Inheritance, which examines African-American literary history in light of the changing vicissitudes of the market. Brittney is a graduate affiliate in the Program in American Studies, the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the Center for African American Studies.

Her research interests include 20th and 21st Century African American literature, African-American literary history, histories and theories of capitalism, Marxism, black feminisms, and queer theory.

Brittney is also a committed pedagogue. Brittney has taught in multiple educational contexts (both secondary and post-secondary) and is deeply invested in extending education to all who desire it. 

She is also the co-founder of the Black Queer Sexuality Studies Collective at Princeton University, an organization which aims to increase the visibility of black sexuality studies in the academy and to provide productive and welcoming spaces for junior scholars to share their work amongst an engaged and critically attentive audience. The Collective hosts an annual conference on black sexuality each year. Past keynote speakers have included Professors Kara Keeling, Shane Vogel, Salamishah Tillet, and Saidiya Hartman.