Daphne Brooks appointed Kenan Professor of African American Studies

Daphne Ann Brooks, recently named as the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of African American Studies, is a scholar of African-American literature and culture, performance studies, critical gender studies, and popular music culture. Brooks is the author of two books: “Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850-1910,” winner of The Errol Hill Award for Outstanding Scholarship on African American Performance from the  American Society for Theatre Research, and “Jeff Buckley’s Grace.” She is  currently working on a three-volume study of black women and popular music 
culture titled “Subterranean Blues: Black Women Sound Modernity.” The first volume in the trilogy, “Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Archive, the Critic, and Black Women’s Sound Cultures,” is forthcoming from Harvard University Press.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019