Recent Scholarly Activity

Introduction to a Book

Introduction to Beginnings of a Dream, short story collection by Zachariah Rapola (Johannesburg: Jacana Media, 2007).

Journal Article

“Exile and Longing in Abderrahmane Sissako’s La Vie sur terreScreen, Volume 48, Number 4 (2007): 443-461

Book Reviews

“Historians at the Movies.” Review of Black and White in Colour: Africa’s History on Screen. Edited by Vivian Bickford-Smith and Richard Mendelsohn (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2007). H-SAfrica. H-Net Reviews, May, 2008.

Africa’s Hidden  Histories: Everyday Literacy and Making the Self. Edited by Karin Barber (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006). The International Journal of African Historical Studies, Volume 40, Number 2 (2007): 330-332.

A History of South African Literature. Christopher Heywood (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004). The International Journal of African Historical Studies, Volume 39, Number 1 (2006): 140-142.

Cover of book: En (el) imperio de (los) sentidosEn (el) imperio de (los) sentidos. Daniel Torres. (San Juan: Isla Negra, 2013). El Post-Antillano. San Juan, Puerto Rico. (2014)

immigrant-americaImmigrant America: A Portrait. Alejandro Portes and Ruben Rumbaut. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006). Reviewed the book for an updated and expanded edition (2014).

cinema-democratic-saCinema in a Democratic South Africa: The Race for Representation. Lucia Saks (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010). The International Journal of African Historical Studies, volume 44, Number 1 (2011).

Peer Reviewer

Black Camera

African Studies

Gestos: Revista de teoría y teatro hispánico

Journal of African Cultural Studies

Conference Participation

“Visual Communities: Struggles and Resistance,” Cultural Studies Conference, Claremont Graduate University, 2014.

“Race in the Americas: Rethinking Transnational Analysis,” Bradshaw Conference, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, 2014.

XXIII Congreso Anual de Feminismo, Post-Feminismo, Neo-Feminismo, Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (XXIII Annual Feminism, Post-Feminism, Neo-Feminism Conference, International Association of Feminist Hispanic Literature and Culture), Pomona College, the Claremont Colleges, 2013.

Tenth International Conference on Books and Publishing, Universidad Abat Oliba, CEU, Barcelona, Spain, 2012.

Invited speaker, “Warring with Words: Narrative and Metaphor in Domestic and International Politics.” 26th Annual Claremont Symposium on Applied Social Psychology, School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences, Claremont Graduate University, 2012.

Invited speaker. “The Impact of Intellectuals Abroad: Transnational Influences Since World War II.” International Center for Migration, Ethnicity, and Citizenship (May 25–26, 2011). New School for Social Research, New York.

Documentary Film

Cover of book: An American in Sophiatown Featured in Lloyd Ross’s documentary An American in Sophiatown (2007) as film historian. Wrote inter-titles for the film that serve to contextualize the history of apartheid for an international audience. The documentary premiered at the American Film Institute International Film Festival in Dallas in March 2007. It was also screened at the Bologna Film Festival, Italy, in the summer of 2007. An American in Sophiatown is to be included in the release of the newly restored DVD version of Lionel Rogosin’s Come Back Africa(forthcoming).

International Advisory Board

Cover of: Journal of African Cultural StudiesJournal of African Cultural Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. (2012-)

External Reviewer

Department of African Literature, University of the Witwatersrand, for the National Research Foundation (NRF), Pretoria, South Africa. (2014)

Department of Research, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, for the National Research Foundation (NRF), Pretoria, South Africa. (2013)


Front cover photograph for the American Anthropological Association Anthropology News, Volume 48, Number 2, February 2007.

“Anthropologist at work, Campinas, Brazil.” In Barbara D. Miller’s Cultural Anthropology. (Pearson, 2013) (7th edition of text with a circulation of up to 40,000; also an e-book).

Film Work

Script Consultant

“The Village under the Forest,” full-length documentary film by Mark Kaplan and Heidi Grunebaum (2014). Audience Award, ENCOUNTERS South African Documentary Film Festival, 2013, and Official Selection TRI CONTINENTAL Human Rights Film Fesival, 2013.



primate-cinemaVoiceover narration for “Primate Cinema: Apes as Family,” by Rachel Mayeri. Experimental film screened at Nottingham Contemporary, 2011, The Arts Catalyst, London, 2011, AND Festival, Liverpool, 2011, Prix Ars Electronica, Austria, 2011, Imagine Science Film Festival, 2012, Sundance Film Festival, Utah, 2013 (New Frontier Short Films category), Rockland Shorts: An International Short Film Series, 2013, and Berlinale Film Festival, 2013. Los Angeles première at Cinefamily, February, 2013.

Film Market Forum

In attendance,“Madrid de Cine,” Spanish Film Screenings, Madrid, Spain, 2012. An international television market that aims to offer a platform for the trade in film and television productions in a European context. Filmmakers, producers, distributors, and critics participate in the gathering.

Archival Research

Filmoteca Española (National Film Institute). (2012-)

Biblioteca Nacional de España (National Library of Spain) (2012-)

Fundación Francisco Largo Caballero (Francisco Caballero Foundation) (2011)

Centro Documental de la Memoria Histórica (Historical Memory Documentation Center) (2011)

Archivo General de la Guerra Española (Spanish Civil War National Archive) (2011)

Research Grants

Professional Development Networks at the Claremont Colleges Grant, Pomona College, 2014–2015.

Faculty Research Award, Harvey Mudd College, 2014–2015.

Faculty Research Award, Harvey Mudd College, 2013–2104.


Humanities 197: Traditional, Experimental, and Interactive Narratives

Humanities 198: Arundathi Roy: Creative Writer and Political Activist

Writing 1: Writing Matters

Writing 1E: Writing as a Second Language

HSA10 Critical Inquiry: Reading and Writing Race

HSA10 Critical Inquiry: English with an Accent

Literature 155: Post-Apartheid Narratives

Media Studies/Literature 103: Third Cinema

Media Studies 173: Exile in Cinema


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