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Academic and Educator Studying Postcolonial Anglophone Literature

Conferences and Lectures

Interviewing Edwidge Danticat at the Piper Center at Arizona State University.

Conference Presentations

“Keeping this Damn Country in the Black: Illicit Economies and Subversive Commercial Space in Hanif Kureishi’s My Beautiful Laundrette.” Panel presentation. South Asian Literary Association Conference. Philadelphia, PA. January 2017.

Dreadlocks Can’t Live in a Tenement Yard: Examining the Effects of Modern Consumerism on Black Londoners in Zadie Smith’s NW.” Panel presentation. American Comparative Literature Association Conference. New York University. New York, NY. March 2014.

Hybridity Revisited: Homi Bhabha’s The Location of Culture and Beyond.” Roundtable discussion. Nineteenth Annual Southwest English Symposium. Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. February 2014.

Undocumented Bodies, Biopolitics, and the U.S./Mexico Border in Ana Castillo’s The Guardians.” Panel presentation. First Biennial U.S. Latina/o Literature and Criticism Conference. John Jay College of Criminal Justice. New York, NY. December 2012.

“Escaping the State of Exception in Castillo’s The Guardians.” Panel presentation. Eighteenth Annual Southwest English Symposium. Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. November 2012.

“Colonizing Islands and Epic Heroes in Joyce’s Ulysses and Derek Walcott’s Omeros.” Panel presentation. Ninth Annual Latin American and Caribbean Studies Graduate Student Conference. Florida Atlantic University. Boca Raton, FL. March 2011.

James Joyce and Derek Walcott: “Colonial Island Voices.” Panel presentation. English Graduate Student Society Spring Conference. Florida Atlantic University. Boca Raton, FL. November 2011.

Invited Talks and Lectures

“Teaching Philosophies and Demonstrations.” Invited lecture and discussion for Professor Steven Farmer’s graduate course “Strategies for Teaching College Literature.” Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. Spring 2018.

“Ecocritical Views of Wakanda in Ryan Coogler’s film Black Panther.” Invited lecture and discussion for Professor E. Sybil Durand’s graduate course “Teaching Young Adult Postcolonial Literature.” Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. Spring 2018.

“Hair, Sex, and Punk Rock and Roll: The Subversive Female Body in Junot Díaz’s “Wildwood.’” Invited lecture and discussion for Arizona State University’s Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies Reading Group. Tempe, AZ. Fall 2017.

“Get Back to Where You Once Belonged: ‘Reverse Colonization’, Immigration Reform, and Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ Speech.” Invited lecture and discussion for Kinnaird College for Women. Lahore, Pakistan. September 2016. (Via Skype)

“White Skinheads and Black Rude Boys: How Ska and Reggae Challenged Racism and Built Multicultural Britain in Shane Meadows’ film This is England.” Invited lecture and discussion for Professor J. Edward Mallot’s undergraduate course “21st Century Britain.” Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. Fall 2016.

“A Conversation with Zadie Smith.” Invited interview and discussion with Zadie Smith for the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing’s Distinguished Visiting Writers Series. Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. April 2016.

“A Conversation with Edwidge Danticat.” Invited interview and discussion with Edwidge Danticat for the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing’s Distinguishing Visiting Writers Series. Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. October 2015

“Black British Identity and Culture in Selvon’s The Lonely Londoners.” Lecture and discussion for Professor J. Edward Mallot’s undergraduate course: “Britain’s Angry Decade: Literature, Culture and Revolution 1945 – 1965.” Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. April 2015.