She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Cornell University in 2000 and teaches Caribbean and Postcolonial studies. Her current book project: Tourist Empires, Migrating Nations narrates the intersecting histories of tourism from the global north to the Caribbean and of large-scale migration from the Caribbean to Latin America and the global north. It argues that both large-scale movements developed in concert and shaped modern Caribbean literature from the 1890s to the present. In 2017, she presented work from this project at the American Comparative Literature Association, the Caribbean Studies Association Conference, and the West Indian Literature conference. Her previous research focuses on literary historiography. Her book, Nationalism and the Formation of Caribbean Literature (Palgrave 2007) tells the story of how intellectuals in the English-speaking Caribbean first created a distinctly Caribbean and national literature in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. With J. Dillon Brown, she co-edited Beyond Windrush: Rethinking Postwar West Indian Literature (U Mississippi Press, 2015), an essay collection that significantly expands our understanding of West Indian literature of the 1950s by examining a broad spectrum of overlooked writers, genres, and topics. “Refashioning Caribbean Literary Pedagogy in the Digital Age,” (Caribbean Quarterly 62:3-4 (2017), pp. 422-444) describes her work in digital humanities and pedagogy.
She serves as co-chair of the advisory board of the Digital Library of the Caribbean, an open-access, international partnership dedicated to preserving and making accessible Caribbean library and archival materials. Since 2008, she has worked to expand its holdings in Anglophone Caribbean literature and history with the goal of building the library’s capacity as a commons for collaborative research and teaching. She reviews articles and publishes in the Jamaica Journal, Caribbean Quarterly, and Small Axe. She also serves on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Humanities PhD taskforce to expand professional training and placement for graduate students in the humanities. Her courses include, “Research and Writing in English and the Humanities,” critical surveys of Caribbean literature, and courses in Caribbean studies and digital humanities, designed and taught in collaboration with classes at the University of the West Indies (Barbados), Amherst College, and the University of Miami.