I write and teach American cultural and literary history. I'm at work on a book about the hybrid histories of American dance, tracing the way artists from different races and classes have watched, imitated, parodied, and stolen from one another. My work has been supported by the Mabelle McLeod Lewis Memorial Fund, the U.C. Berkeley Center for Race and Gender Studies, and a Mellon Fellowship for Humanistic Study from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. I'm also a poet.
Review of Martha Collins's White Papers. Pleiades. Winter 2013.
Review of Constance Valis Hill's Tap Dancing America: A Cultural History. Callaloo. Vol. 35, No. 3, Fall 2012.
Review of Ange Mlinko's Starred Wire. Pleiades. Winter 2010.
"Who's Bad? How the King of Pop changed the course of American dance." FLYP, Rpt. Entertainment Weekly Online, July 2009.
"There are places in the West and I have been to them." Forthcoming in RHINO.
"Fit for Company." Forthcoming in Handsome.
"Begging for Paint," "A Handkerchief in her Purse," and "In the Interrogation Room." New Orleans Review. August 2012.
"Homespun." VOLT #17, May 2012.
"Can't Say How Long" and "With Timid Teeth." The Oxford American. December 2011.
"Chez Paree" and "With a Shut Mouth." Denver Quarterly. May 2011.
"Than a Train Can Haul." ZYZZYVA. November 2010.
"Blackface Ballet." Futures of American Studies Institute. Dartmouth, June 2011.
“Lyric History: Poetry and the Archive.” Associated Writing Programs Conference. Washington D.C., February 5, 2011.
"Making Ballet American: Agnes de Mille's Rodeo." U.C. Berkeley Working Group on Transnational American Studies, December 3, 2009.
“Who’s Bad? Michael Jackson’s Movements.” U.C. Berkeley Center for Race and Gender Studies, October 1, 2009.
No recent courses taught.