Scholar | Writer | Artist
imagining and enacting better futures
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I’ve written 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 forthcoming in Fall 2023 from Duke University Press. It examines how decolonial possibility emerges from the collapse of normative aid operations and subjectivities.
I am currently writing a second book on how Africanfuturism in fiction and film imagines African futures that challenge, reinvent, and eschew Western logics of development. I have been awarded a 2022 NEH Summer Stipend and 2023 ASU IHR Seed Grant for this work. For a sneak peek, see my essay on Tade Thompson’s work in Strange Horizons magazine.
I’m a member of Codex, Associate Member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA), and Poetry Editor at Orion’s Belt
I teach graduate and undergraduate courses focused on rhetoric and critical/cultural studies as it analyzes racism, colonialism, sexuality, gender, and culture in communication.
I have appeared in podcasts and video panels about African Communication Studies, dystopia and alternative futurisms, race and campus climate, and the futures of feminism.
I am an audiobook narrator and voice actor, whose recent narrations include Emily S. Hurricane’s The Beginning of the End, and The Hound of the Baskervilles for the However Improbable podcast. Listen to my samples or hire me to narrate at ACX.com.
Acting and Directing
I am a singer, actor, and director. Links to my virtual performances can be found here.