Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at McMaster University
Department of English and Cultural Studies 2014 – 2016


Ph.D., Queen’s University. Completed Nov 15, 2011.                                       
Dissertation Title: “Dionne Brand, Austin Clarke, and Tessa McWatt: Blackening Canada”

This project analyzes contemporary black diasporic writing in Canada, arguing that Dionne Brand, Austin Clarke and Tessa McWatt evince a unique form of double-consciousness in their work. I argue that these authors employ the absences of the black diaspora to imagine new forms of black cultural production, multicultural citizenship and nation.

Supervisors: Asha Varadharajan, English; Second Reader: Katherine McKittrick, Gender Studies.
External: Neil ten Kortenaar, Director of Program in Comparative Literature, University of Toronto.

M.A., McMaster University, 2004 – 2005.
English and Cultural Studies

B.Sc., University of Toronto at Scarborough, 1998 – 2004.
Honours Double Major in English and Computer Science


Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at McMaster University ($140,000) 2014 – 2016

Editing Modernism in Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship at McMaster University ($61,000) 2013 – 2015

Social Science and Humanities Research Council Award ($40,000) 2007 – 2009

Queen’s University Entrance Award ($15,000) 2005 – 2007

Nominated for Oxford University Press Prize for best undergraduate English essay entitled “Hybridizing History in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth and Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses” 2002


Blackening Canada: Race, Diaspora, and Multiculturalism
University of Toronto Press. Published April 30, 2015.


Dionne Brand’s Transnational Sublime.” TOPIA. No Language is Neutral: Writings on Dionne Brand. 34 (2015): 27 – 38. Print.

“‘Our Words Spoken Amongst Us in Fragments’: Austin Clarke’s Aesthetics of Crossing.” The Journal of West Indian Literature. 23. 1& 2. (April / November 2015). Web.

“Tracing the Absent Referent in Marian Engel’s Bear and J.M. Coetzee’s The Lives of Animals.” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature. 45.3 (July 2014): 123 – 149. Print.

“For Play and Gaming: Robert Kroetsch’s Ongoing Godgame.”
Studies in Canadian Literature. 38.1 (Fall 2013): 1 – 19. Print.

Intimacy, the Body and Transnational Solidarity in Dionne Brand’s Inventory.” Canadian Woman Studies. 27.2/3 (Spring 2010): 100 – 107. Print.

“Black Thumbs, White Bodies: Race, Violence and Neoliberal Fantasies in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.” The Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies. 28.1 (2006): 95 – 119. Print


“Other Slaveries: Review of Philip D. Morgan’s Maritime Slavery” Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies. 4.1 (Spring 2014): 152 – 4. Print.

“Doubled Hauntings: Review of Wade Compton’s After Canaan, Paula C. Madden’s African Nova Scotian-Mi’kmaw Relations, and Margot Francis’s Creative Subversions” TOPIA. 33 (Fall 2015): 207 – 212. Print

“Maroon of Modernity: Shane Book’s Congotronic.” The Puritan. 30 (Summer 2015). Web.


“Paraphrasing the Paraphrase OR what I learned from reading every issue of Canadian Literature & SCL/ ÉLC.” Canadian Literature. Forthcoming (March 2017).


None of the $1 billion just allocated to Canada’s First Research Excellent Fund is going to the humanities.” TVO. 19 Sept 2016.

“Black Pride Matters.” The Walrus. 7 July 2016.

Stephen Marche flies over CanLit.” The Puritan. 1 May 2015.

“Where is the Nation in Digital Humanities?” Postcolonial Digital Humanities website. Web. 20 January 2014.

“Dreaming of the Millions: Austin Clarke’s More. (April 2010). Historical Perspectives on Canadian Publishing Online Collection, McMaster University Archives.


“Survivors of Clarke’s Crossing: Why literary critics failed to understand Austin Clarke.” The National Post. 30 June 2016. B3.

“Black Marks: On the shooting death of Andrew Loku.” NOW Magazine. 17. July 22 2015.


“Austin Clarke’s Aesthetics of Crossing.” Keynote address at Harriet’s Legacies: Race, Historical Memory, and Futures in the Niagara Region. Brock University, St. Catharines, ON. Oct 22 2015.


“Canadian Pessoptimisms.” Paper presented at Maladies of the Soul Conference. Banff, AB. Sept 23 2016.

“‘Paraphrasing the Paraphrase’ or what I learned from reading every issue of Canadian Literature and SCL/ ÉLC.” Paper presented at Digital Textualities / Canadian Contexts Conference. University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB. Sept 21 2016.

“Remembrance of Things Past: The Air India Saga and the (Un)making of Identity and Community.” Paper presented with Dr. Asha Varadharajan at History, Memory, Grief: A 30th Anniversary Air India Conference. McMaster University, Hamilton, ON. May 7 2016.

“The Limits of Recognition: Indigenous and Diasporic Solidarity in Tessa McWatt’s Out of My Skin.” Paper presented at Modern Language Association Conference. Chicago, IL. January 11 2014.

“Beyond Creolization: Austin Clarke’s Aesthetics of Crossing.” Paper accepted but not presented at Modern Language Association Conference. Austin, TX. January 8 2016.

“The Digital Humanities as scene of crisis in Canadian Literature.” Paper presented at Crisis and Beyond. The Literatures of Canada and Quebec Conference. Innsbruck, Austria. October 1 2015.

“Life Games and Life Strategies: Game Theory and Neoliberal Subjects.” Paper presented at Interface 2013: Creative and Critical Approaches in Digital Humanities Conference. Carleton University, Ottawa, ON. May 5 2013.

“Writing Against Necropolitics: The Life & Death of Albert Johnson.” Paper presented at Negative Cosmopolitans: Abjection, Power, Biopolitics Conference. University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB. October 11 2012.

“They Praise the Music, This Time they Played The Lyrics: Girl Talk, Race, and Neoliberal Subjectivity.” Paper presented at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music Conference. Acadia University, Wolfville, NS. June 16 2012.

“Tracing the Absent Referent in Marian Engel’s Bear and J.M. Coetzee’s The Lives of Animals.” Paper presented at the Animals and Animality Conference. Queen’s University, Kingston ON. June 26, 2010.

“Narrating the Indian-Canadian Diaspora.” Paper accepted at the North Eastern Modern Language Association. Not presented due to weather. Montreal, QC. April 8, 2010.

“‘I’m Running For My Life’: Meaning and Mobility in Austin Clarke’s Recent Fiction.” Paper presented at Congress 2009, Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies. Carleton University, Ottawa, ON. May 24, 2009.

“Animal Tracks in the Margins: Strategies of Animal Representation in Coetzee and Engel.” Paper presented at American Comparative Literature Association Conference. Harvard University, Boston, MA. March 28, 2009.

“This Body for Itself: Global Citizenship and Desire in Dionne Brand’s Inventory.” Paper presented at Reading After Empire Conference, Stirling University, Stirling, Scotland. September 5, 2008.

“Playing Games: America’s Army & Imperial Pedagogies.” Paper presented at [Dis]United Empires Conference. Queen’s University, Kingston, ON. May 6, 2006.


“Breaking Languages, Broken Bodies.” Panel organized at American Comparative Literature Association Conference, New Orleans, LA. April 3, 2010.


French – read


Member of ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association)

Member of HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory)

Member of MLA (Modern Languages Association)

Member of NEMLA (North Eastern Modern Language Association)