Area(s) of ExpertisePostcolonial Literature and Theory, Black Atlantic Studies, Diasporic and Transnational Studies
My research is focussed in the Black Atlantic region, everything from the Black British idiom as shown in Zadie Smith's work, to West Indian inclusion in the Harlem Renaissance, to the burgeoning Black Canadian literature of Esi Edugyan. I am also especially interested in how identity shifts between ethnic and racial markers, particularly for blacks in North America. My most current work considers the use of Gothic in the Canadian diasporic writing of Rawi Hage, the feasibility of transnationalism for blacks in Interwar Europe, and links between the New Negro and other modernist, indigenous movements. As a former editor, I am also interested in editorial policy: What gets published and by whom? What decisions do editors make about how authors' work is presented. How are books distributed? I also enjoy working with students to improve their writing.
PhD, University of Calgary, 2006: "A Binding of Community: Storytelling and Identity Construction in Black Canadian Literature M.A., University of the West Indies (Mona), 1996: "Post-Colonial Theory and the West Indian Writer in Canada" B.A., University of Toronto, 1992
Awards \ Grants
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, 2004–2005
Austin Clarke: Essays on His Works. Toronto: Guernica Editions, 2013. –History Turned –Upside Dung–: The English as Underdog in Zadie Smith's White Teeth."The Arts Journal 2:1 (September 2005): 42-53. –Joyce Palmer."Routledge Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English. 2nd edition, Vol. 3. London: Routledge, 2004. 1197-98.
Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries
Canadian Association of Commonwealth Literatures and Languages Black Canadian Studies Association