Tyler Isaiah Campbell is a PhD student in the Departments of English and African American Studies at Yale University, and a Graduate Fellow at the Yale Center for the study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM). His research is broadly concerned with 21st Century Black poetics and how literature both relates to and enriches social movements.
For his honors Master’s thesis, “Griots of the Movement For Black Lives” Tyler analyzed the poetry of the “Trayvon Generation” seeking to understand how contemporary poets both concieve of and enact a Black world. While a student at Columbia Tyler taught Black Literature Courses inside Rikers Island to incarcerated youth through the Center For Justice. At the heart of all his projects is a commitment to unpacking the nuances of Black life in America as portrayed through art and cultural production while also engaging questions about human intentionality, identities, and cultural history.