Teaching Areas: Black European cultural production & social justice movements; the Black Mediterranean; European colonialism and Fascism; Black diaspora literature and Black trans poetics; race, citizenship, literature, and the law; gender, sexuality, and migration; postcolonial and queer of color theories

UCLA Courses
Undergraduate Courses

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, Winter 2021]

Graduate Seminars

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 may 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 Borderscapes: This course considers historical and contemporary manifestations of material and ideological borders in relation to Blackness and Black bodies. Topics of this course range from white supremacist-manufactured crises of nationalist identity and migration in Europe, the perceived borders across the edgeless categories of Blackness and indigeneity, gender, sexuality, dis/ability, nation, and also the borders reproduced via strictly disciplinary frameworks. This course examines Black epistemologies and the political economy of race and gender to consider some intersectional issues impacting what it means to undergo the study of Black life and thought in this contemporary moment. Texts may include: Black on Both Sides, C. Riley Snorton, Border as Method, or the Multiplication of Labor, Mezzadra and Neilson; and The Black Shoals, Tiffany Lethabo King

The Black Mediterranean [course description forthcoming, Fall 2020]

Black Trans Poetics [course description forthcoming, Fall 2020]