Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Queer Theory
I study the intersections of contemporary postcolonial literature and queer theory. In particular, I’m interested in how postcolonial writers and queer theorists alike attempt to rethink what it means to be human, often in the face of power relationships that force into question the humanity of marginalized subjects. I’m also thinking about the stakes of these relationships for nonhuman animals and environments. I first explored these ideas at the University of Richmond while writing my undergraduate honors thesis - a project that examines how postcolonial writers utilize animalized depictions of violent sexuality in order to navigate the dehumanization of the colonial project. In addition, I've published on the politics of multiculturalism in the work of Native American author, Sherman Alexie.