About Me


I’m an Associate Professor of English at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, where I teach courses in African American and transatlantic literature. A native of Los Angeles, I received my undergraduate degree from Princeton and my Ph.D in English from Harvard, where I studied under Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Jamaica Kincaid.  I’ve taught at University of Nevada, Las Vegas and University of Southern California, where I was a Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities. My first book, The American Slave Narrative and the Victorian Novel, was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. My second book, Our Gang: A Racial History of “The Little Rascals,” was published by University of Minnesota Press in 2015. I’ve written for the Atlantic, the Huffington Post, and Zocalo Public Square. 

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