Sasha Ann Panaram
BA, Georgetown University; MA, Duke University; PhD, Duke University
Research and Teaching Interests: African American Literature; Caribbean Literature; Performance Studies; Slavery Studies; Black Feminisms
Sasha Ann Panaram’s research focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century African American and Caribbean literature and culture, with a particular interest in women’s and gender studies, as well as slavery studies and performance studies. Panaram’s current project examines rewritings of the Middle Passage in creative and critical works by African American and Caribbean women writers such as M. NourbeSe Philip, Paule Marshall, and Toni Morrison. Bringing together Caribbeanist philosophical writing on crossing with research by North American scholars on Black feminisms and geography, she argues that Black women writers craft their texts as pedagogy and praxis to reveal how Middle Passage movements inspire important forms of embodiment that are passed down through generations. Her research is published in The Black Scholar. Her public scholarship appears in WNYC, Hyperallergic, and Left of Black, a weekly webcast founded by Mark Anthony Neal, Ph.D. that she co-hosted and interviewed faculty, activists, and artists whose work contributes to Black Studies.