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Tufts University
Department of English
6 The Green
Room 311, East Hall
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.2379
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Christina Sharpe


Ph.D., Cornell University
MA, Cornell University
BA, University of Pennsylvania


Before coming to Tufts in 1998 I was an assistant professor of English at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY.

In 2001-2002 I received a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, and in fall 2002 I received a Tufts Junior Faculty research semester, both of which helped me work on the manuscript of my book, Monstrous Intimacies(Duke University Press, 2010).

Research Interests

  • Black Visual Studies
  • Mid Nineteenth century to contemporary African American Literature and Culture
  • Black Queer Studies
  • Black Diaspora Studies

Courses Taught

  • English 155 American Women Writers
  • English 161 Memory for Forgetting (Holocaust and North American Slavery)
  • English 291and 191 "Home is Where the Hatred Is"
  • Black Feminist Theories
  • Queer Diasporas
  • Race and the Senses

Publication Highlights

  • In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (Duke University Press), October 2016
  • "What Exceeds the Hold?: An Interview with Christina Sharpe." With Selamawit Terref. Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge. (April 12, 2016)
  • "Three Scenes." On Marronage: Ethical Confrontations with Anti-Blackness, ed. Tryon Woods and P. Khalil Saucier. (Fall 2015).
  • "Black Studies: In the Wake." The Black Scholar, Special Issue, The Boundaries of Black Studies edited by Alexander Weheliye. (Summer 2014)
  • Black Life, Annotated. The New Inquiry. (August 8, 2014)
  • 'The Lie at the Center of Everything." Black Studies Papers. University of Bremen. (June 2014; 11609 words)
  • Review Essay, Blackness, Sexuality, and Entertainment. American Literary History. (ALH 24.4, Winter 2012, 827-841; 5997 words)
  • Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post Slavery Subjects. (Duke University Press, 2010)