- Black feminisms
- Print Culture and circulation, the Black Press, periodical studies
- Race and Cultural Theory
- Black feminist internationalism, feminist Black nationalism
My current book project focuses on African American women’s political writing in the Black press from the 19th through the early 20th century. I am particularly interested in the interaction between Black feminist politics, press forms, seriality, and periodical illustration. I have recently finished editing a volume for Transitions in African American Literature, an 18 volume Cambridge series edited by Joycelyn Moody and Cassander Smith, and I've also contributed a chapter to another volume in the series. I'm also interested in the Hampton school and its newspaper, The Southern Workman, as an archive of African American and Indigenous American voices and of manual education as a "civilizing" technology of American empire. Hampton was the first school for the freedmen following the Civil War and the first residential school in the US. I have collaborated with Jacqueline Emery on some of this work. And I've recently joined the UK-based international research network, Black Female Intellectuals in the Historical and Contemporary Context. I will contribute to a Legacy forum to mark the 19th Amendment centenary, forthcoming in the 37.2 (December 2020) issue. Supervisory Interests
“Press, Platform Pulpit”: Black Feminist Publics in the Era of Reform (2011)
We Must Be Up and Doing: A Reader in Early African American Feminisms (2010)
African American Feminisms 1828-1923. 6 volumes (2007)
The Mulatta and the Politics of Race (2004)
Articles in American Periodicals, TOPIA, Common-Place, Modernism/Modernity, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, Indigenous Women and Feminism, American Studies, MELUS, American Quarterly, Feminist Studies, Women’s Studies International Forum, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature.
I am happy to supervise students working in American literature from the 19th century through to the present, and particularly those interested in African American literature and Black cultural studies, critical race and cultural theory, periodical studies and print culture studies, and Black feminisms. I have supervised fascinating graduate work on: ethnic cosmopolitanisms and Asian American drama, US imperialism and neo-liberalism in the Caribbean, Black female journalists in the late 19th-century Black press, Asian American literature and the sartorial, the blues and jazz aesthetic in twentieth-century African American literature, Black masculinity in slave and neo-slave narratives, primitivism and Harlem Renaissance texts, slave narratives and trauma theory, Indigenous literatures of trauma and recovery.