Contact Therí: tpickens at bates.edu
Therí A. Pickens received her undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature from Princeton University (P'05) and her PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA (2010). Her research focuses on Arab American and African American literatures and cultures, Disability Studies, philosophy, and literary theory. She authored New Body Politics: Narrating Arab and Black Identity in the Contemporary United States (Routledge, 2014), which asks: How does a story about embodied experience transform from mere anecdote to social and political critique?
Her critical work has appeared in a host of critical journals including Hypatia, MELUS, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, Disability Studies Quarterly, Al-Jadid, Women & Performance, and the Journal of Ethnic American Literature. She also published in the ground-breaking collection, Blackness and Disability: Critical Examinations and Cultural Interventions, and the critical volume, Defying the Global Language: Perspectives in Ethnic Studies (Teneo Ltd).
She is currently at work on a book length project (under contract with Duke University Press) that explores the connection between blackness and madness. She also looks forward to working on two edited collections: one, a volume on Arab American Aesthetics, and another, a special issue of African American Review on Blackness and Disability. She's also on the editorial board for a Syracuse University Press Book Series on Critical Arab American Studies and the Ohio State University Press Book Series on New Suns: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Speculative.
She is also a creative writer. Her poetry has appeared in Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, Save the Date, and Disability Studies Quarterly. Her drama has been performed at the NJ State Theater.
She offers courses on Arab American and African American literature. In her introductory courses, she seeks to provide students with information and skills that will enable and empower them to critically and constructively engage difficult topics like race, sexuality, gender, disability, and class. In her upper division courses, she pushes students to synthesize their knowledge from other classes and expand their critical thinking repertoires.
Therí is available as a source
Additional communication availability: Phone, videoconference
Languages: English (Fluent), Spanish (Proficient)