Postdoctoral Fellows and Visiting Faculty

 

 Victor Peterson

Victor Peterson II

Cheryl A. Wall Postdoctoral Fellows in African American and African Diaspora Literary Studies

Victor Peterson II's research centers Articulation theory--how relations of subordination and dominance emerge--and applies it to study global conceptions of blackness and the sound of social movements. Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, Victor takes up the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies call to advance Articulatory methods in his work on Race, racialization, and Black Arts Movements. His current project develops improvisation as a model of socio-cultural and political formation. Before Rutgers, Victor held fellowships at Institutes for Advanced Study at the University of Johannesburg, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Edinburgh (IASH), and taught courses at The New School and New York University. Victor has published articles in The Journal of Black Studies, The CLR James Journal, as well as others, and recently published his first book, Black Thought: a Theory of Articulation (Routledge African and African Diaspora Series, 2022). His upcoming monograph, R|D: Articulation and Representational Divergence, will be published by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.

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 La-Toya Scott

Cheryl A. Wall Postdoctoral Fellows in African American and African Diaspora Literary Studies

 La-Toya Scott’s research reflects an investment in Black life past institutionalized subjectivity (that focuses primarily on Black death and pain) and expands the conversation into the next step— the cultivation of safe spaces/modern-day hush harbors for healing, transformation, and community-building—within the afterlife of slavery and modern-day technological mediums and platforms. La-Toya’s current work analyzes the internal and external responses to the construction of Black safe spaces in multiple and diverse forms (primarily finding roots in Black literature, Black film, and social media platforms). La-Toya has published articles in Supernatural Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Art, Media, and Culture, Peitho: Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition, and more. Raised in Florida, she uses her lived experiences from her time there, along with Black Feminist theory and practice, to draw implications for anti-racist praxis across fields and disciplines.

 Alberto Sosa-Cabanas

Alberto Sosa-Cabanas

ACLS Emerging Voices Postdoctoral Fellow

A Cuban- born scholar, Sosa-Cabanas’ research probes the intersection between scientific racism and cultural production in the Hispanic Caribbean and the United States. He is currently editing a book manuscript that draws on the use of postcolonial theories, literary criticism, and visual culture, to investigate literary and visual representations of racism and other forms of exclusion in Cuba. Sosa-Cabanas is also interested in digital scholarship and looks at the intersections of divergent Afro identities within diasporic communities in the United States. He explores how the different identities are negotiated and postulated in fictional narratives, anthropological studies, and the visual arts. This research explores Afro-Caribbean diasporas in New York, New Jersey and Miami; and the discourses of racial representation they produced in north America during the second half of the 20th century. Sosa-Cabanas has published numerous studies on race, hybridity, and the global imaginings of Caribbean culture. His research can be found in the journals Revista IberoamericanaCuban Studies, and Decimonónica, among others. Before coming to Rutgers, Sosa-Cabanas taught classes in New York City, Havana, Miami, and Charleston.