I was born and raised in the midlands of South Carolina. Currently, I am an associate professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In 2010, I received my Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California. I spent the 2012-2013 school year in Accra, Ghana, as a Fulbright Lecturer/Researcher, where I taught at the University of Ghana-Legon and completed follow-up research for my first book Afro-Atlantic Flight: Speculative Returns and the Black Fantastic (Duke University Press).
I am at work on a few projects: a book manuscript on the function of speculative ideologies and science in contemporary African American cultural production; a book-length project on Black counter-narratives of the U.S. South; and a creative nonfiction volume on African American mobility. I've also recently begun engaging in essay writing for public audiences, which has been cathartic and challenging! You can check out some of that work on my "Ponderings" page.
At the University of Tennessee, I teach a dynamic set of courses on twentieth and twenty-first century African American literature, African American studies, and Black social movements.
Dum spiro spero.