Scholar | Writer | Artist
imagining and enacting better futures
all photography copyright Jenna Hanchey
I’ve written multiple articles about aid campaign media, particularly viral videos, and how even the organizations that attempt to portray African agency often do so in ways that are Westerncentric and reinforce coloniality.
NGOs in Tanzania
My first book, The Center Cannot Hold: Decolonial Possibility in the Collapse of a Tanzanian NGO, is under contract with Duke University Press. It examines how decolonial possibility that emerges from the collapse of normative aid operations and subjectivities.
I have begun conceptualizing a second book, tentatively titled Africanfuturism: Decolonial Dreamwork and Developmental Rebellion, that examines how Africanfuturist fiction and film imagines liberatory African futures that challenge, reinvent, and eschew Western logics of development.
The Dream Trainers
Short story on resistance to NGO aid in Africa published in a collection of critical researchers imagining liberatory futures.Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, September 2021
Far From Home
Microfiction meditation on war.Daily Science Fiction, September 2021
I teach graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Nevada, Reno focused on racism, colonialism, difference, gender, and culture in communication.
I have appeared in podcasts and video panels about dystopia and futurisms, race and campus climate, and the futures of feminism.