Visiting Fellows 2014-15
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Stanhope Hall, Room 007
Courtney Bryan, a native of New Orleans, La, is “a pianist and composer of panoramic interests” (New York Times). Her music ranges from solo works to large ensembles in the new music and jazz idioms, film scores, and collaborations with dancers, visual artists, writers, and actors. She performs around the New York area, and is the Director of the Institute of Sacred Music at Bethany Baptist Church of Newark, NJ. Dr. Bryan has academic degrees from Oberlin Conservatory (BM), Rutgers University (MM), and recently completed a DMA in music composition at Columbia University of New York, with advisor George Lewis. Bryan has been an instructor at Columbia University and Oberlin Conservatory, and this fall will be a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. She has two independent recordings, “Quest for Freedom” (2007) and "This Little Light of Mine" (2010).
Bryan’s work has been presented in a wide range of venues, including Lincoln Center, Miller Theatre, The Stone, Roulette Intermedium, National Gallery of Art, Blue Note Jazz Club, Jazz Gallery, and Bethany and Abyssinian Baptist Churches. Upcoming commissions include an orchestra piece for the American Composers Orchestra and a collaborative piece with Urban Bush Women.
Christopher M. Brown
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, English and the Center for African American Studies. Lecturer in English and the Center for African American Studies.
McCosh Hall, Room 22
Chris Brown joins us as an ACLS Fellow and is currently at work on his first book project, 'And There See Justice Done': The Problem of Law in the African American Literary Tradition. Reading across African American literature and culture from Phillis Wheatley to Edward P. Jones, the book argues that black conceptions of liberty, equality and justice are often incommensurable with competing legal articulations, and that this incommensurability is repeatedly figured in tropes of madness, blindness, treason, and the absurd. His research and teaching extend the book's concern with the logics of law and race, exploring how legal and literary discourses alternately converge and diverge over the course of U.S. history.
Brown's published and forthcoming essays appear in Law and Literature, the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies, and Law, Culture and Humanities. His research has been funded by several fellowships and grants, including support from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Ford Foundation. He will teach an upper-level seminar in the fall, "American Literature and the Law"; during the spring term, he will teach a graduate seminar on African American literature and culture as well as "Introduction to African American Literature, 1910-present."
Jordan T. Camp
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Stanhope Hall, Room 008
Jordan T. Camp is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research interests include racial and class formation, expressive culture, political economy, social theory, social movements, and U.S. political culture. While at CAAS, he will be completing his first book, Incarcerating the Crisis: Race, Security, Prisons, and the Second Reconstruction (under contract, University of California Press), co-editing and completing (with Laura Pulido) Clyde A. Woods’ Development Drowned and Reborn: The Blues and Bourbon Restorations in Post-Katrina New Orleans (under review, University of Georgia Press), and co-editing (with Christina Heatherton) Policing the Planet (under contract, Verso Books). He will also conduct research for a second single-authored manuscript tentatively entitled, The Long Vendetta, that will focus on the globalization of U.S. models of security and the multiple forms of resistance to it during the long civil rights era. His work appears or is forthcoming in venues such as American Quarterly, Kalfou, Race & Class, In the Wake of Hurricane Katrina, edited by Clyde Woods (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010), and Race, Empire, and the Crisis of the Subprime, edited by Paula Chakravartty and Denise da Silva (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He previously served as a Visiting Scholar in the Institute of American Cultures and Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. He is currently Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Tanisha C. Ford
Visiting Associate Researcher
208 Fields Center
Tanisha C. Ford joins the Center for African American Studies as a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow for the 2014-2015 academic year. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She blends her interests in fashion, performance, and black feminist activism to create her own innovative approach to studying the global Black Freedom movement. Her forthcoming book, Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul (UNC Press, Fall 2015) uncovers how and why black women in the United States, England, and South Africa used fashion as a tool of cultural-political expression and as a form of resistance to state-sanctioned violence. She also has published and forthcoming articles in the Journal of Southern History, Black Camera, The Black Scholar, and NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art. Her research has been supported by institutions including: the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Center for Black Music Research, and the Organization of American Historians. She is also invested in digital feminisms and serves as a contributing editor at the Feminist Wire (dot com). Her cultural commentary has been featured in The New Yorker, NPR, News One, Fuse, and New Black Man. She earned a Ph.D. in 20th Century U.S. History from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2011. Visit her website: www.tanishacford.com.
Postdoctoral Research Associate in African Humanities – PIIRS and CAAS
Stanhope Hall, Room 005
Godwin Onuoha joins the Center for African American Studies (CAAS) as an African Humanities Post-Doctoral Research Associate for the academic year 2014-15. Before joining the center, he was an African Research Fellow and Senior Research Specialist at Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa. He holds a BA in History and MSc in Political Science both from the University of Lagos (Nigeria), an MA in Political Science from the Central European University (Hungary) before obtaining a PhD in Anthropology from the Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg (Germany). Godwin is a political anthropologist whose research interests intersect the border zones between politics, development and cultural studies with a thematic focus on nationalism, citizenship, identity politics, youth, cultural studies, development studies, and the interface between the state, resources and development in Africa. He is the author of Challenging the State in Africa: MASSOB and the Crisis of Self-Determination in Nigeria (LIT Verlag, Munster 2011), and his articles have appeared in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, African Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Review of African Political Economy. While at CAAS, Godwin will work on a Harry Frank Guggenheim-funded project, titled: Political Economy of Memory: The Making, Unmaking and Remaking of the Nigeria-Biafra War, and also work on a book manuscript on the same.