gender, sexuality, Afro-Caribbean spirituality, and Yoruba traditional religion in folklore, literature, and ethnography
Courses recently taught
Afro-Caribbean Folklore and Literature (grad seminar)
Gender, Ritual, Sexuality, and Caribbean Literature (grad seminar)
Performance Studies (grad seminar)
African Religions in the Diaspora
Introduction to Folklore
The Study of Folklore
Folklore and Literature
Women and Folklore
Multi-Ethnic and Latinx Folklore
Awards & Distinctions
Louisiana State University Distinguished Faculty Award, 2018
Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund Fellowship, Research in Cuba and at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 2013
Research Associate and Visiting Faculty, Women’s Studies in Religion Program, Harvard Divinity School, 2009-2010 academic year
Fulbright IIE Grant for Research in Nigeria (2000)
Archives of Conjure: Afro-Latinx Residual Transcriptions of the Dead, Columbia University Press, 2020.
Critical Folkloristics: Critical and Ethical Approaches for the 21st Century, co-edited with Mintzi-Martinez Rivera, Indiana University Press, in press, est. pub. date 2021.
Afro-Cuban Diasporas in the Atlantic World. Series: Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora, Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2010. Kindle and paperback editions, 2013.
Yemoja: Gender, Sexuality, and Creativity in the Latina/o and Afro-Atlantic Diasporas, co-edited with Toyin Falola. Albany: State University of New York Press (SUNY), 2013. Short listed for the 2014 Albert J. Raboteau book prize.
“In the Water with Erinle: Siren Songs and Performance in Caribbean Southern Ports,” Southern Quarterly, Summer 2018, 55(4):144-162.
“Residual Transcriptions: Ruth Landes and the Archive of Conjure,” Transforming Anthropology, April 2018, 26(1): 3-17.
Special Editor, (with Mintzi Martínez-Rivera), “Introduction: Poder y Cultura, Latinx Folklore and Popular Culture,” Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures 2 (1), Fall 2017, pp. 6 – 15. Selected for the Project Muse Journal of the Month (February 2018).
“Traveling Transcriptions, Unfinished Stories, and the Living Archive,” Afro-Hispanic Review, (2018).
“Crossing Spirits, Negotiating Cultures: Transmigration, Transculturation, and Interorality in Cuban Espiritismo,” in The Caribbean Oral Tradition: Literature, Performance, and Practice, edited by Hanetha Vete-Congolo. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp. 85 – 107.
“Entre las aguas / Between the Waters: Interorality in Cuban Vernacular Religious Storytelling,” The Journal of American Folklore, Spring 2015, 128 (508): 195 – 221.
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