Selected Past Conference Presentations & Talks

“Fugitive Homes: Marronage and the Political Geography of Freedom in the 1850s,” American Studies Association (ASA) Annual Conference, Denver, CO, November 2016

Invited Talk: “Maroons, Digital History, and the Problem of the Archive,” The Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, VA, June 2016

“(Literary) Maroon Spaces and the Geography of Fugitive Freedom,” Navigating Future Spaces: New Directions in Studies of the African Diaspora, IRADAC Fellows Annual Symposium, The Graduate Center, CUNY, April 2016

“Sympathy for the Rebel: Identificatory Strategies and Mediating Subjectivities in Frederick Douglass’s The Heroic Slave,” MLA Annual Conference, Austin, TX, January 2016

Invited Speaker: “A Maroon in the Garret,” Africana Studies Dissertation Discussion Series, The Graduate Center, CUNY, November 2015

“Marooned in the Garret: Rethinking the Politics of Fugitivity in Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl,” Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 2015

“Fugitive Life and Labor in the Great Dismal Swamp,” Second Annual Early Research and Scholarship Conference, The Graduate Center, CUNY, September 2015

“Harriet Jacobs, Haiti, and Marronage in Edenton, North Carolina” The Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, June 2015

“Comparative Marronage Studies in Theory and Practice: A Case Study on Eighteenth-Century Maroon Communities in Eastern Cuba and the South Carolina Lowcountry,” Locating and Connecting Latin America and the African Diaspora Conference, UNC-Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, April 2015

“Woe be unto those devils of whites, I say!’: Slave Marronage and the Specter of Insurrection in Martin Delany’s Blake,” First Annual African and African Diaspora Studies Conference, College of Staten Island, CUNY, October 2014

“Unearthing the Literature and History of Slave Marronage in the Great Dismal Swamp: An Archival Study at the University of Virginia,” First Annual Early Research and Scholarship Conference, The Graduate Center, CUNY, September 2014

“Subversive Solitude: Slave Marronage and the Radical Geopolitics of the Swamp in Frederick Douglass’s The Heroic Slave,” Northeast MLA Conference, Harrisburg, PA, April 2014

Organizer, Chair, and Panelist: “The Paradox of Radical Conventionalism: The ‘Benign-Subversive Style’ and Cold War Ethnic Fictions,” for the special session “Beneath the American Renaissance at Twenty-Five: The Legacy of an American Cultural Studies Classic,” MLA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, January 2014

“Iron Man, Iron Myth: Giles Corey and the Rise of Muscular Puritanism,” New York Metro American Studies Association Conference, New York, NY, November 2013

“Freedom and the Pursuit of (Un)Happiness in John Okada’s No-No Boy,” South Central MLA Conference, New Orleans, LA, October 2013

“Historicizing 9/11: Triumph, Trauma, and Redemption in Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin,” American Literature Association (ALA) Conference, Boston, MA, May 2013