- African-American Literature
- Caribbean Studies
- Feminist Theory
- Postcolonial Studies
- Psychoanalytic Theory
Taboo Subjects: Race, Sex, and Psychoanalysis. University of Minnesota Press, 2005.
- “Danticat’s Vodou Vernacular of Women’s Human Rights.” American Literary History, 29.3 (2017). Forthcoming.
- “Zoning in on the American Tropics.” American Literary History 27.4 (2015): 831-842.
- “Veiled Motives: Women’s Liberation and the War in Afghanistan.” Globalizing Afghanistan: Terrorism, War, and the Rhetoric of Nation Building. Ed. David Jefferess and Zubeda Jalalzai. Durham: Duke UP, 2011. 95-116.
- “Black Children, White Preference: Brown v. Board, the Doll Tests, and the Politics of Self-Esteem” American Quarterly 61.2 (June 2009): 299-332
- “Politics and Pathologies,” Frantz Fanon: Critical Perspectives, ed. A. Allessandrini, Routledge, 1999.
- “Myths of the Masculine Subject: Freud’s Oedipus Complex and Douglass’s 1845 Narrative,” The Psychoanalysis of Race, ed. Christopher Lane, Columbia UP, 1998.
- “Who is that Masked Women? Or, the Role of Gender in Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks,” PMLA 110.1 (1995): 75-88.
- Co-editing a special topic issue of American Literature on “The Plantation, Post-Plantation, and the Afterlives of Slavery”
- Writing an essay on rape in the zombie apocalypse