Tav Nyong’o

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William Lampson Professor of Theater and Performance Studies, American Studies, and African American Studies; Chair of Theater and Performance Studies

Tavia Nyong’o is Professor of African American Studies, American Studies, and Theater Studies at Yale University. He works in contemporary aesthetic and critical theory with a particular attention to the visual, musical, and performative dimensions of blackness, as well as to the affective and technocultural dimensions of modern regimes of race. His first book, The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory (Minnesota, 2009), won the Errol Hill Award for best book in African American theatre and performance studies. He is completing a study of fabulation in black aesthetics and embarking on another on queer wildness. Nyong’o has published in venues such as Radical History ReviewCriticismGLQTDRWomen & PerformanceWSQThe NationTriple CanopyThe New Inquiry, and n+1. He is co-editor of the Journal Social Text and the Sexual Cultures book series at New York University press. He regularly blogs at Bully Bloggers.