My research focuses on postcolonial studies, critical theory, and the literature of the plantation zones and diasporas of the Americas—especially Anglophone and Hispanophone Caribbean literature and African-American literature. I also have long-standing interests in U.S. Latina/o literature, twentieth-century Irish and British literature, and the history and theory of the novel.
My dissertation project, “Freedom and Plantation Form,” examines how the plantation is figured as a space for freedom and self-making in Caribbean literature, film, and critical writing after 1945. Drawing on historical and contemporary studies of the plantation and of peasant and slave resistance, as well as on political and aesthetic theories of autonomy, my dissertation identifies a mode of anti-colonial discourse in which the strictures of plantation life serve as the mold or cast for—rather than negation of—the imagined futures of decolonization.
I received a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, and I joined the Princeton Department of English in 2012. Since 2013 I have been co-chair of the department’s Postcolonial Colloquium. In 2017–2018, I am a graduate fellow at PIIRS, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.
In fall 2018, I am an assistant instructor or preceptor for “American Cinema” (ENG 308). I have also precepted for “Modern Evil” (ENG 416/COM 431) and “Fanfiction” (ENG 222), and have taught a course on world literature at East Jersey State Prison.