Teaching Areas
Black European cultural production and social justice movements
Italophone and East African literatures
Italian colonialism and Fascism
the Black Mediterranean
race, citizenship, literature, and the law
gender, sexuality, and migration
postcolonial and queer of color theories

UCLA Courses

Blackness and Indigeneity in Europe: What is the African Diaspora in Europe and what is its contemporary and historical relationship to Africa and the broader diaspora? This course provides a comparative discussion of how understandings of “Blackness” and “indigeneity” in Europe shift according to geopolitical, transhistorical, linguistic, and transcultural boundaries. Topics of discussion include citizenship, postcolonialism, decolonization, community formation and coalitional politics, ethnic violence, gender and sexuality, Islamophobia, and representations in Western media. Texts include: European Others: Queering Ethnicity in Postnational Europe, Fatima El-Tayeb; Poetics of Relation, Édouard Glissant; “The Southern Question,” Antonio Gramsci; Mediterranean Racisms, Ian Law and more. (Fall 2019)

Blackness and Borders: This course considers historical and contemporary manifestations of a migration crisis manufactured by European white supremacist nationalisms as well as authoritarianism or totalitarianism (e.g., fascism), racism, and border regimes across Europe. We will examine the political economy of race to consider differing issues that migrants, refugees/asylum seekers, Black Europeans, and other racialized citizens face in the European Union to assess how multiculturalism, “color-blindness,” and other policies have succeeded or failed, and what political orientations are otherwise possible. Some texts include: Border as Method, or the Multiplication of Labor, Mezzadra and Neilson; White Innocence: Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race, Gloria Wekker;  Race in the Shadow of the Law: State Violence in Contemporary Europe, Eddie Bruce-Jones; and Relating Worlds of Racism, Philomena Essed. (Winter 2020)

Black and Migration Literature: This course examines the ways that racialized discourses operate in literary cultures across Europe. What do we rely on as the primary sources of evidence about Blackness in Europe? How are current experiences and policies around migration and the European Union affecting the contours of what we mean by “Europe” or its literatures? Topics include issues of nationalism, literary canons immigration, and politics of identity in the European context. Texts may include: Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination, Toni Morrison; Adua, Igiaba Scego; Discourse on Colonialism, Aime Césaire; and Migrant Cartographies: New Cultural and Literary Spaces in Post-Colonial Europe, Ponzanesi and Merolla, eds.  (Winter 2020)

Crisis and Catastrophe [course description forthcoming]

Dispossession and Our Sea [course description forthcoming]

The Black Mediterranean [course description forthcoming]