Involuntary Nonsense: The Racial Poetics of Modern Identity (manuscript in process)

"No Safe Face: Frederick Douglass and the Risk of Expression" (article in process)

"The Queer Digital Touch of Racial Sight," forthcoming in Queer Circuits in Archival Time Special Issue of Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory.

"What's Mine: Involuntary Expressions, Modern Personality, and the Right to Privacy," J19: The Journal for Nineteenth-Century Americanists. Fall 2016

Review of Yu Fang-Cho’s Uncoupling American Empire: Cultural Politics of Deviance and Unequal Difference, 1890-1910 (SUNY Press, 2013), Claire Viginia Eby’s Until Choice Do Us Part: Marriage Reform in the Progressive Era (The University of Chicago Press, 2014), and Holly Jackson’s American Blood: The Ends of Family in American Literature, 1850-1900 (Oxford University Press, 2014) for American Literature. December 2015


“Involuntary Nonsense.” Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts Seminar, Princeton University. December 2017

“A Matter of Time.” Human Values Forum, Center for Human Values, Princeton University. October 2017

Talkback with Prof. B. Herrera. “Spring on Fire,” a play by Edwin Rosales ’17, Princeton University. May 2017

“A Brief History of Expression.” Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts Seminar, Princeton University. February 2017

“No Safe Face: The Risk of Expression.” Program in American Studies, Princeton University. December 2016

“The Twitch, the Instant.” Lecture for “Intro. to Visual Culture,” Prof. C. Knight, Haverford College. October 2016

“Clear-Eyed for Graduate School.” Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Princeton University. October 2016

“Face Forward and Look Back.” Humanities Futures Lab. Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University. April 2016

Seminar Leader with Prof. G. Rosenberg. Tenth Annual Feminist Theory Workshop, Duke University. March 2016

“Marking Thoughts in Time: Duchenne, Photography, and the Search for an Orthography of Facial Expressions.” Neurohumanities Research Group, Duke University.

“How Race Took Our Faces Away.” Invited Lecture for “Race, Class, and Psychology,” a Global Inequalities Research Seminar, Duke University with Professors Nina Smith, Laura Smart Richman, and Salimah El-Amin. October 2015

“No Safe Face: Frederick Douglass and Expressionlessness,” Americanist Speaker Series, Duke University. October 2015

“A Question of Expression.” here/after: A Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows Symposium, Duke University. September 2015

“Becoming Uncertain.” Meeting of Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Duke University. October 2014

“Language that Touches, Introjection, Incorporation, and Photography.” Women’s Studies Graduate Scholars Colloquium, Duke University. September 2014


“Uncontrolled Habits: Delsarte’s System of Expression.” Climates of the Will panel. C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Biennial Conference, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. March 2018 (under review)

Respondent to “Shadow Songs: Negritude, Animation, and the Spectacle of Post-colonial Futurity,” by Prof. N. Cunningham. Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts Seminar. Princeton University. September 2017

Respondent to Place and Displacement panel. Water and the Making of North America, 2016-2017 Graduate Student Conference, hosted by the Program in American Studies, Princeton University.

“Evidence of Things Unseen: A Turned Face and the Edges of Self Possession.” (Not) Seeing the 19C: Photographs, Archives, and Absences Seminar. C:19 The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Biennial Conference, Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania. (under review). March 2016

“Temporality, the Camera, and an Orthography of Facial Expressions.” Society for the Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado. November 2015

“Some Singularities, Like the Human Face.” International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. July 2015

“ ‘My willful actions and acquisitions are but roving’: Physiology and the Problem of Expression.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia. April 2015

“Involuntary Perceptions, Emotions as Physiology, and the Un-Self.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada. March 2015

Respondent for “Mapping the Face.” About Faces Conference, convened by Professors Namwali Serpell and Andrea Gadberry, University of California, Berkeley. April 2014

“An Instant of Expression.” C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Biennial Conference, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. March 2014

“Involuntary Photography.” Ford Foundation Fellows Annual Conference, hosted by the National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C.. September 2013

“Peculiar Property: Roberson v. Rochester and the Un-Self.” Annual Conference for the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, Birkbeck School of Law, University of London. March 2013

“Intangible As Well As Tangible: The Image in Roberson v. Rochester and the Un-Self.” Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth University. June 2012

Respondent for manuscript conference for Territories of the Soul: Ways to Belong in the Black Diaspora by Professor Nadia Ellis, sponsored by the Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley. May 2012

Moderator for “Understanding Interiors.” C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Biennial Conference, University of California, Berkeley. April 2012

“Hold Still: Redeemed Children, Redeemed Photographs.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland. October 2011

 “Sporadic Cases of Camera: Authors, Spectators, and the Legal Right to Privacy.” Mellon Mays Graduate Student Conference, Princeton University. June 2011