Postdoctoral Fellows

SmytheSA SmytheUC President's Postdoctoral Fellow

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Research Interests: Italian literature (contemporary Black, migrant, and postcolonial); race/racialization; citizenship, gender, and nationalism; cultural memory; Black European cultural production and social justice movements; politics of dispossession; Black queer and trans poetics; meticciato/cre?olite?; the Black Mediterranean; East African-Italian transcultural exchange

Selected Publications:
  • 2018. gens QTIBPOC collective  Paola Bacchetta, Fatima El-Tayeb, Jin Haritaworn, Jillian Hernandez, SA Smythe, Vanessa Thompson, and Tiffany Willoughby-Herard. “Queer of Color Space-Making in and beyond the Academic Industrial Complex.” Critical Ethnic Studies Journal Special Issue: The University and What Can Be Done, vol. 4, no. 1.
  • 2018. SA Smythe. “Enfants métis et relations sexuelles interraciales en Afrique orientale italienne [Mixed-Race Children and Interracial Sexual Relationships in Italian East Africa]." Sexe et colonies, edited by Rachel Jean-Baptiste et al. Paris: ACHAC.
  • 2016. SA Smythe. Review of The Postcolonial Cultural Industry, by Sandra Ponzanesi. Postcolonial Studies.
  • 2015. Achille Mbembe and SA Smythe, eds. The Johannesburg Salon: Archives of the Non-Racial. Johannesburg: The Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism, vol. 8.
  • 2015. SA Smythe. Review of Migrant Imaginaries, by Jennifer Burns. Italian Studies, vol. 70, no. 2.

Professional Societies:
  • American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS)
  • Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD)
  • Modern Languages Association (MLA)
  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)
  • UK Postcolonial Studies Association (PSA)
  • Queer Italia Network (QuIR)

  • Co-PI, UK Arts & Humanities Council Network Grant, “Queer Italia,” 2016 – 2018
  • PI, UCHRI Multi-Campus Research Grant: “Black Studies: Vocabularies and Genealogies,” 2016-2017                         
  • PI, Research Grant “Where Blackness Meets the Sea,” UC Black Studies Consortium, 2016-2017
  • University of California President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2015-2016

Other Experience:
  • Peer Reviewer, California Italian Studies, 2017-pres.
  • Publishing Editor, THEM – Trans Literary Journal, 2014 – pres.
  • Peer Reviewer, Transgender Studies Quarterly, Duke University Press, 2014
  • Reviews Editor, Contemporary Critical Culture, London School of Economics, 2013-2015
  • Academic Curator, okayafrica, 2013 – 2014                                                                                                                                                                
  • arketing and Editorial Assistant, The Feminist Press, 2009-2011                                        
  • Copy Editor, Journal of Natural Language & Linguistic Theory, 2006 – 2011