Selected Publications

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Yesenia Barragan

“Gendering Mastery: Female Slaveholders in the Colombian Pacific Lowlands,” Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies (forthcoming),

“‘To End 500 Years of Great Terror’: Struggles for Peace in the Afro-Colombian Pacific,” NACLA Report on the Americas, Issue 1: #BlackLivesMatter Across the Hemisphere 49 (2017): 56-63,

“Death, Slavery, and Spiritual Justice on the Colombian Black Pacific,” Nuevo Mundo, Mundos Nuevos, June 2015,

“Free Black Women, Slavery, and the Politics of Place in Chocó, New Granada,” Revista de Estudios Colombianos 47 (enero-junio de 2016): 57-66.

“Uncovering Lisbon’s Forgotten History of Slavery,” Black Perspectives, June 2017,

“Afro-Latin America and the Black Pacific: An Interview with Sherwin K. Bryant,” Black Perspectives, April 2017,

“Christmas and Resistance to Slavery in the Americas,” Black Perspectives, December 2016,

“Afro-Colombians and the Peace Agreement in Colombia,” Black Perspectives, November 2016,

“#BrazilFreedomSchool, Anti-Black Violence, and the Rio Olympics: An Interview with Christen Smith,” Black Perspectives, September 2016,

“A Country of Their Own: An American Ex-Slave's Search for Homeland in Panama,” Black Perspectives, August 2016,

“La Esclava Blanca: The New Telenovela Rewriting Colombia's History of Slavery,” Black Perspectives, July 2016,

“Afro-Colombian Strike in Chocó: A Historical Reckoning,” Telesur, August 2016,

“Compro-Oro: Cash-for-Gold in Times of Crisis,” ROAR Magazine, January 2016,

“What is Peace Without Justice in Colombia?” Telesur, November 2015,

"Moving on: The Logic of Slavery in the Reparations Debate," Telesur, October 2015,

“Slaves Patrols and the Murder of Walter Scott,” Telesur, April 2015,

“Black Lives Matter in Colombia,” Telesur, December 2014,

“Ferguson is the Afterlife of Slavery in the Americas,” Telesur, September 2014,

“Ricardo Flores Magón and the Anarchist Movement in Southern California” (with Mark Bray), KCET, May 2014,

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Vaughn A. Booker

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

"'God's Spirit Lives in Me': Metaphysical Theology in Charleszetta 'Mother' Waddles’ Urban Mission to the Poor," Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 22.1 (August 2018): 5-33, available (PDF available here)

“Performing, Representing, and Archiving Belief: Religious Expressions among Jazz Musicians,” Religions 7 (8), 108 (2016): available

“‘An Authentic Record of My Race’: Exploring the Popular Narratives of African American Religion in the Music of Duke Ellington,” Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation 25.1 (2015): 1-36, available

“Civil Rights Religion? Rethinking 1950s and 1960s Political Activism for African American Religious History,” Journal of Africana Religions 2.2 (2014): 211-243, available

Book Reviews

Review of Ula Yvette Taylor, The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam (UNC, 2017), for Reading Religion: A Publication of the American Academy of Religion (2018), available

Review of Lerone A. Martin, Preaching on Wax: The Phonograph and the Shaping of Modern African American Religion (NYU, 2014) for Journal of Religion and Culture 25 (2015): 111-115, available

Encyclopedia Entries

“Abraham Joshua Heschel,” “Mordecai Wyatt Johnson,” “George Dennis Sale Kelsey,” and “Benjamin Elijah Mays,” in The Martin Luther King, Jr., Encyclopedia, ed. Clayborne Carson, et al. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007).


Michael A. Chaney

Fugitive Vision: Slave Image and Black Identity in Antebellum Narrative (2008).

"Misreading with the President: Re-reading the Covers of John Lewis's March." International Journal of Comic Art 20.1 (2018): 17-25.

“Will Eisner and the Making of A Contract with God.” In Cambridge History of the Graphic Novel, eds. Stephen Tabachnick, Jan Baetens, and Hugo Frey. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 191-202.

“Why Call Them Graphic Novels If They’re True? Classifying Fun Home’s Mirrors.” Forthcoming in Approaches to Teaching Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, ed., Judith Gardiner. New York: MLA Press, 2017.

“Depicting African American Life in Graphics and Visual Cultures.” Forthcoming in A History of African American Autobiography, ed., Joycelyn Moody. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

“Picturing Black Authorship with and against Stowe’s Lens.” Forthcoming in African American Literature in Transition, Volume 4: 1850-1865, ed. Teresa Zackodnik. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

“The Saga of the Animal as Visual Metaphor for Mixed-Race Identity in Comics.” Forthcoming in Animal Comics: Multispecies Storyworlds in Graphic Narratives, ed., David Herman. New York: Bloomsbury, 2017.

Anarchic Strains in the Comics of Ronald Wimberly and Keith Knight.” SubStance: Special Issue on Comics and Anarchy 46.2 (2017): 110-128.

Autobiographical Graphic ‘Novels’ of Childhood.” In Auto/Biography Studies “What’s Next” Special Issue 32.2 (2017).

“On the Nature of the Boundary in Comics Memoir: The Case of March.” In Comics an der Grenze: Sub/Versionen von Form und Inhalt, eds. Matthias Harbeck, Linda-Rabea Heyden, and Marie Schröer. Berlin: Bachmann, 2016. 31-40.

Signifying Marks and The ‘Not Counted’ Inscriptions of Dave the Potter.” Arizona Quarterly 72.4 (Winter 2016): 1-25.

Digression, Slavery, and Failing to Return in The Narrative of the Sufferings of Lewis Clarke.Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 39.4 (Fall 2016): 511-534.

"Horror Movies With Mom." Prairie Schooner (Fall 2016): 101-110.

The Cartoonal Slave.” In The Psychic Hold of Slavery: Legacies in American Culture, eds. Soyica Colbert, Robert Patterson, and Aida Hussen. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2016. 168-94.

"Dave the Potter and the Churn of Time." Michigan Quarterly Review (Winter 2014): 1-6.

Keeping Pictures, Keeping House: Harriet and Louisa Jacobs, Fanny Fern, and the Unverifiable History of Seeing the Mulatta.” ESQ 59.2 (2013): 263-290.

“Slave Memory Without Words in Kyle Baker’s Nat Turner.” Callaloo 36.2 (2013): 279-297.

“Not Just a Theme: Transnationalism and Form in Visual Narratives of US Slavery.” In Comics at the Crossroads: Transnational Perspectives on Graphic Narratives, eds. Christina Meyer, Shane Denson, and Daniel Stein: New York: Bloomsbury, 2013. 15-32.

“Mulatta Obscura: Camera Tactics and Linda Brent.” In Pictures and Progress, eds. Maurice O. Wallace and Shawn Michelle Smith. Durham: Duke University Press, 2012. 109-31. 

“The Concatenate Poetics of Slavery and the Articulate Material of Dave the Potter.” African American Review 44.4 (2011): 607-18.

“Animal Subjects of the Graphic Novel.” College Literature 38.3 (2011): 129-149. 

"E.E. Cummings's Tom: A Ballet and Uncle Tom's Doll-Dance of Modernism." Journal of Modern Literature 34:2 (2011) 22-44.

“Terrors of the Mirror and the Mise en Abyme of Graphic Novel Autobiography,” College Literature 38:3 (2011) 21-44.

“‘Heartfelt Thanks to Punch for the Picture’: Frederick Douglass and the Transnational Jokework of Slave Caricature,” American Literature 82:1 (2010) 57-90.

“Is There an African American Graphic Novel?” In Approaches to Teaching the Graphic Novel, ed. Stephen Tabachnick. New York: Modern Languages Association Press, 2009. 69-75.

“Drawing on History in Recent African American Graphic Novels,” MELUS: The Journal of the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 32:3 (2007) 175-200.

“International Contexts of the Negro Renaissance.” In Cambridge Companion to the Harlem Renaissance, ed. George Hutchinson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. 41-54.

“The Gothic Aesthetics of Eminem” (co-authored with Jason Lindquist). Gothic Studies 9.1 (2007): 57-68.

“Coloring Whiteness and Blackvoice Minstrelsy: Representations of Race and Place in Static Shock, King of the Hill, and South Park.” Journal of Popular Film & Television 31.4 (2004): 167-75.

“Slave Cyborgs and the Black Infovirus: Ishmael Reed’s Cybernetic Aesthetics,” Modern Fiction Studies 49:2 (2003) 261-283.

Traveling Harlem’s Europe: Vagabondage from Slave Narratives to Gwendolyn Bennett’s ‘Wedding Day’ and Claude McKay’s Banjo.” Journal of Narrative Theory 32.1 (2002): 52-76.

Touring the Spectacle of Slavery at Magnolia Gardens Plantation.” Southern Quarterly 11.4 (2002): 126-40.

Picturing the Mother, Claiming Egypt: My Bondage and My Freedom as Auto(bio)ethnography.” African American Review 35.3 (2001): 391-408.

“The Dismantling Evolution of Heroes: Aquaman’s Amputation.” International Journal of Comic Art 1.2 (1999): 55-65.

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Ayo A. Coly

The Pull of Postcolonial Nationhood: Gender, Migration, and the Claims of Postcolonial Nationhood in Francophone African Literatures. (Lexington Books, 2010)

Homophobic Africa?, editor; special issue of African Studies Review, special issue 56.2 (2013)


“Carmen Goes Postcolonial, Carmen Goes Queer: Thinking the Postcolonial as Queer.” Culture, Theory and Critique. 2015


“Un/Clothing African Womanhood: Colonial Statements and Postcolonial Discourses of the African Female Body." The Journal of Contemporary African Studies 33.1 (2015): 12-26. 

"Afropean Masculinities as Bricolage.” Francophone Afropean Literatures. Eds Nicki Hitchcott and Dominic Thomas. Liverpool: University of Liverpool Press, 2014. 155-170.

"Homophobic Africa?” African Studies Review 56.2 (2013): 21-32.

“A Pedagogy of the Black Female Body: Angèle Essamba's Black Female Nudes.” Third Text 24.6 (2010): 653-664.

 “Housing and Homing the Black Female Body in France: Calixthe Beyala and the Legacy of Sarah Baartman and Josephine Baker.” Black Womanhood: Icons, Images and Ideologies of the African Body. University of Washington Press, 2008.  259-278.

The Cultures and Letters of the Black Diaspora, editor with Ivy G. Wilson; special issue of Callaoo 30.2 (2007)

 “Black is the Color of the Cosmos or Callaloo and The Cultures of the Diaspora Now,”  with Ivy G. Wilson;  Callaloo 30.2 (2007): 415-419

“Male Wives, Female Husbands: Immigration, Gender and Home.” Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 32.3-4 (2005): 325-342.

“Court Poet and Wild Child: Two Readings of Calixthe Beyala’s Les Honneurs perdus Nottingham French Studies 43.3 (2004): 15-27.

“Neither Here Nor There: Calixthe Beyala’s Collapsing Homes.” Research in African Literatures 33.2 (2002): 34-45.


 “Autobiography or Autojustification: Re-reading Bugul’s Le baobab fou.” The Literary Griot 11.2 (1999): 56-69.

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Celina de Sá

“Protective Flow: Capoeira and Black Masculinity in Postcolonial West Africa.” The Black Scholar, Special Issue: Black Masculinities and the Matter of Vulnerability (forthcoming 2019).

“Film Review of Haile Gerima’s ‘Teza’.” African Studies Review 57(3): 252-254 (2014). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.


Laura Edmondson

Performing Trauma in Central Africa: Shadows of Empire. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2018.

"Anti-Homosexual Acts on Trial: The Poetics of Justice in Uganda." Forthcoming in TDR.

Forged in Fire by Okello Kelo Sam, Laura Edmondson, and Robert Ajwang. Voorhees Theatre in Brooklyn, NY. 2015.

“Uganda Is Too Sexy: Reflections on Kony 2012.” TDR 56.3 (Fall 2012). 10-17.

Forged in Fire (play). By Okello Kelo Sam, Laura Edmondson, and Robert Ajwang. Excerpted in Refugee Performance: Practical Encounters. Ed. Michael Balfour. Bristol, UK and Chicago: Intellect Books and the University of Chicago Press, 2012. 61-66.

Eat Like a Bird (play). In Cultural Conversations: Works in Progress, Writers in the Making, ed. Susan B. Russell (Lemont, PA: Eifrig Publishing, 2011), 91-132. 

"Confessions of a Failed Theatre Activist: Intercultural Encounters in Uganda and Rwanda." In Avant-Garde Performance and Material Exchange: Vectors of the Radical, edited by Mike Sell.  Houndmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 41-59.

“Genocide Unbound: Erik Ehn, Rwanda, and an Aesthetics of Discomfort,” Theatre Journal, 61:1 (March 2009): 65-83.

Review essay: "Performing Africa."  African Affairs 109 (2009): 151-160.

“The Poetics of Displacement and the Politics of Genocide in Three Plays about Rwanda,” in Violence Performed: Local Roots and Global Routes of Conflict, edited by Patrick Anderson and Jisha Menon.  Houndmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.  54-78.

Performance and Politics in Tanzania: The Nation on Stage, Indiana University Press, 2007.

“Of Sugarcoating and Hope,” TDR, 51:2 (May 2007): 7-10.

“Marketing Trauma and the Theatre of War in Northern Uganda,” Theatre Journal, 57:3 (2005): 451-474.

“Love in the Time of Dissertations: An Ethnographic Tale,” with R O Ajwang, Qualitative Inquiry, 9:3 (June 2003): 466-480.

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Susanne Freidberg

Susanne Freidberg

2017 "Trading in the secretive commodity," Economy and Society, 46, 3-4, 499-521.

2017 "Big Food, little data: The slow harvest of corporate food supply chain sustainability initiatives," Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 1-18.

2016 "Wicked nutrition: The controversial greening of official dietary advice." Gastronomica, 16, 2, 69-80

2014 "Footprint technopolitics," Geoforum, 55, 178-189. 

2014 "It's complicated: Corporate sustainability and the uneasiness of life cycle assessment," Science as Culture, 10.1080/09505431.2014.942622.

2013. "Calculating sustainability in supply chain capitalism." Economy and Society, 42, 571-96.

2009  Fresh: A Perishable History, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

2010 "Ambiguous appetites: a modern history," Food, Society and Culture, 13, 4, 471-91.

2008 "The triumph of the egg," Comparative Studies in Society and History, 50, 2, 400-23.

2007 "Supermarkets and imperial knowledge," Cultural Geographies, 14, 3, 321-42.

2004 French Beans and Food Scares: Culture and Commerce in an Anxious Age, Oxford.

2004 "The ethical complex of corporate food power." Society and Space, 22, 4, 513-31.

2003 "Cleaning up down South: supermarkets, ethical trade, and African horticulture," Social and Cultural Geography 4, 1, 27-43.

2001 "On the trail of the global green bean: methodological considerations in multi-site ethnography," Global Networks 1, 4, 353-68.

2001 "Gardening on the edge: The social conditions of unsustainability on an African urban periphery," Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 91, 2, 349-69.

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Garrison, Alysia

Alysia Garrison

“Agamben’s Grammar of the Secret Under the Sign of the Law,” Law and Critique 20.3 (2009): 281-297. 

“Faintly Struggling Things: Inscrutable Life in Beckett’s The Unnamable.” Samuel Beckett: History, Memory, Archive. Ed. Séan Kennedy and Katherine Weiss. New York: Palgrave, 2009. 89-111.

“‘Disdaining Bounds of Place and Time’: John Clare’s Nomadic Poetics.” Blackwell Literature Compass 3.3 (2006): 376-387.

“Hegel,” “Kojève,” “History,” “Common,” and “Derrida,” The Agamben Dictionary. Ed. Alex Murray and Jessica Whyte. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011.

"James Williams," The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. Ed. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklin W. Knight. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

"Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel," Agamben's Philosophical Lineage.  Ed. Adam Kotsko and Carlo Salzani.  Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017.  138-145.

"The Genuine Memoirs of Miss Faulkner" and “The Modern Atalantis; or the Devil in an Air Balloon" in The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. Ed. April London. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.


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Rashauna Johnson

Slavery's Metropolis: Unfree Labor in New Orleans during the Age of Revolutions (Cambridge, 2016)

"From Saint-Domingue to Dumaine Street: One Family's Journeys from the Haitian Revolution to the Great Migration," Journal of African American History 102, no. 4 (Fall 2017): 427-43.

"A Fragile Empire? Early American Expansion from Below," Reviews in American History 44, no. 3 (September 2016): 411-17.

Co-author, “Prisons and Teaching, From Margins to Center,” Progressive Planning no. 205 (Fall 2015): 33-36.

“Visibility Versus Voice: Enslaved Women in U.S. History and Memory,” Reviews in American History 41, no. 2 (June 2013): 238-245.

“‘Laissez les bons temps rouler!’ and Other Concealments: Households, Taverns, and Irregular Intimacies in Antebellum New Orleans.” In Interconnections: Gender and Race in American History, edited by Alison M. Parker and Carol Faulkner, 19-50. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2012.

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Deborah K. King

Deborah Karyn King

King, Deborah K. 2010. "Mom-in-Chief:  Community Othermothering and Michelle Obama, The First Lady of the People's House," in Race in the Age of Obama, edited by Donald Cunnigen and Marino A. Bruce.  UK: Emerald Group Publishing. Research in Race and Ethnic Relations Series, Volume 16: 77-123.

“Multiple Jeopardy, Multiple Consciousness: The Context of Black Feminist Ideology,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society,  v14 n1 (Autumn 1988) 88-111.

Durr, Marlese and King, Deborah K.  “Braiding, Slicing, and Dicing:  The African American Woman’s Home as a Site of Work.” (under review)

“Missing the Beat, Unraveling the Threads: Class and Gender in Afro-American Social Issues,” The Black Scholar, 22:3 (Summer 1992) 36-44.

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Abigail Neely

Abigail H. Neely

2015: "Internal Ecologies and the Limits of Local Biologies: A Political Ecology of Tuberculosis in the Time of AIDS," Abigail H. Neely. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 105, no. 4: 791-805.

2015: "Relationship and Research Methods: Entanglements, Intra-Action, and Diffraction," Abigail H. Neely and Thokozile Nguse. In Gavin Bridge, Tom Perreault, and James McCarthy, eds., Handbook of Political Ecology. Routledge: 140-9.

2014: "Triangulating Health: Toward a Political Ecology of Health," Paul Jackson and Abigail H. Neely. Progress in Human Geography, published online 31 March 2014.

2010: "'Blame it on the Weeds': Politics, Poverty, and Ecology in the New South Africa," Abigail H. Neely. Journal of Southern African Studies 36, no. 4: 869-887.

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Julia Rabig

The Fixers: Devolution, Development, and Civil Society in Newark, 1960-1990. University of Chicago Press, 2016.

The Business of Black Power: Corporate Responsibility, Community Development, and Capitalism in Post-War America, edited by Laura Warren Hill and Julia Rabig, University of Rochester Press, 2012

"An Explosion in the 'Laboratory of Democracy,' " Black Power at Work, edited by David Goldberg and Trevor Griffey, Cornell University Press, 2010.

"What's the Matter with Newark?" Shelterforce, Journal of the National Housing Institute, Fall 2008.

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Naaborko Sackeyfio-Lenoch


The Politics of Chieftaincy: Authority and Property in Colonial Ghana, 1920-1950 (University of Rochester Press, Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora Series, 2014).


"Women’s International Alliances in an Emergent Ghana." Journal of West African History, 4:1 (2018), 27-56.

“The Ghana Trades Union Congress and the Politics of International Labor Alliances, 1957–1971.” International Review of Social History, 62:2 (2017), 191-213.

“Decolonization, Cold War Dynamics and Nation Building in Ghana-Asia Relations: 1957- 1966.” The International Journal of African Historical Studies, 49:1 (2016), 235-253.

“The Politics of Land and Urban Space in Colonial Accra,” History in Africa, 39 (2012): 293-329. 

Keith L. Walker

Keith Louis Walker

Anténor Firmin, Aimé and Suzanne Césaire: In Search of Africa and Ourselves. In L’Esprit Créateur. Johns Hopkins University Press. Baltimore, MD.   HAÏTI PAR-DELÀ LES COMMÉMORATIONS/ HAITI BEYOND COMMEMORATIONS. Vol. 56, No. 1 (Spring 2016), pp. 129–144.

The Great Camouflage: Writings of Dissent (1941-1945) Suzanne Césaire. Keith L. Walker, introduction; Keith L. Walker, translation from the French. Wesleyan University Press (May 2012)​

"The Transformational and Enduring Vision of Aimé Césaire".  Publications of the Modern Language Association (PMLA), May 2010.  Vol. 123, no. 3, pp. 756-763.

Häiti postcoloniale et postmoderne: Le Nègre Crucifié de Gérard Étienne. Post-face essay (French) in new edition of Gérard Étienne, Le Nègre Crucifié, Port-au-Prince, Häiti, Presses Universitaires d"Häiti, Collection L'Intemporelle, 2008, pp. 169-192. / Montréal : Éditions du Marais, 2008.

ABCésaire, with Euzhan Palcy, bilingual French - KLW English translation, 128 p. In Aimé Césaire : une parole pour le 21s siécle / Aimé Césaire.  Euzhan Palcy, Project Director.  3 DVD compilation.  Paris : M. Milo, 2006.

"Le Discours antillais: in The Columbia HIstory of French Thought, L D Kritzman (ed.), (Dec. 2005), 185-187.

"Pero Vaz De Caminha: Para Fijar La Mirada En el Corazon De Tinieblas Del Nuevo Mundo, " Revista De Critica Literaria Latinoamericana, Aõo XXX, 60 (2nd semestre de 2004), 43-55.

"Immigritude or the Pitfalls of Haitian Exilic Experience:  The Cases of Gérard Étienne and Emile Ollivier," in Textualizing the Immigrant Experience in Contemporary Quebec, S. Ireland (ed.), (March 2004). 173-185.

"Not to Exist without Interpretation of Meaning: The Countermodernist Challenge of Sylvia Wynter," Journal of West Indian Literature, 10:1-2 (November 2001) 39-66.

Countermodernism and Francophone Literary Culture: The Game of Slipknot.  Duke University Press, 1999.

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