Prior to Yale, Tauren studied reparations, transformative housing models, and Black farming in the U.S. South at Brandeis. She currently researches contemporary Black U.S. maroon formations in the 21st century as sites of possibility for freedom-making, relational transformation, and worldmaking.
Black feminist theory, queer theory, 19th and 20th century African American literature, black visual culture, gender and sexuality studies, performance studies, affect and materiality, faggotry, femmes, sexual subcultures
U.S. Black Literatures (African American, Afro-Latinx, and other Black diasporic), Radical Protest Literatures of the U.S., Black Studies, Critical Race Theories, Affect Theory, Gender and Sexuality, Histories of Science and Medicine, and Body Studies.
19th and 20th Century African American History, African Americans in the Civil War, Civil Rights Movements Within Reconstruction and Jim Crow, The Black Diaspora in the American West, Public Memories of Enslavement and Emancipation.