The 411

Tavia Nyong’o is a cultural critic and an Associate Professor in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. He writes on art, music, politics, culture, and theory. 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 Review, CriticismGLQ, TDR, Women & Performance, WSQ, The 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.

Click here to download a PDF copy of Tavia Nyong’o’s curriculum vita.

Recent Publications

Performance studies

2012     “The Scene of OccupationTDR: The Drama Review. 56(4): 136-149.

2010     “Brown Punk: Kalup Linzy’s Musical AnticipationsTDR: The Drama Review. 54(3): 71-86.

2009      The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

2008      “Period Rush: Affective Transfers in Recent Queer Art and PerformanceTheatre History Studies 28: pp. 42-48.

2003      “Racial Kitsch and Black Performance” Yale Journal of Criticism 12(2): 371-391.
Reprinted in Paula Masood, ed., The Spike Lee Reader (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2008), 212-227.

Literary and cultural studies

2012      “Back to the Garden: Queer Ecology in Samuel Delany’s Heavenly BreakfastAmerican Literary History. 24(2): 747-767.

Queer Africa and the Fantasy of ParticipationWomen Studies Quarterly. 40(1-2): 40-63.

2010      “Trapped in the Closet with EveCriticism. Special Issue on Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. 52(2): 243-251

2009      “Barack Hussein Obama, or, The Name of the FatherThe Scholar & Feminist Online 7(2):

2005      “Punk’d TheorySocial Text 84/85: 19-34

Popular music studies

2011      “Have You Seen His Childhood? Song, Screen, and the Queer Culture of the Child in Michael Jackson’s MusicJournal of Popular Music Studies. 23(1): 40-57.

2008      “I Feel Love: Disco and its DiscontentsCriticism 50(1): 101-112.

2008      “Do You Want Queer Theory or Do You Want the Truth? The Intersections of Punk and QueerRadical History Review 100: 103-119.

2007      “‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’: Queer Assemblages, Lyrical Nostalgia, and the African DiasporaPerformance Research 12(3): 42 – 54.