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"Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose."

Zora Neale Hurston


Hello, I'm Dr. Daley.

I am the director of the National Center for the Study of Children's Literature, an assistant professor of English and Comparative Literature with a specialization in Black Children's Literature, and an affiliate faculty of the Digital Humanities Initiative at San Diego State University. My book project, Black Girl Lit: The Coming of (R)age Performances in Contemporary U.S. Black Girlhood Narratives, 1989-2019, charts how children's literature, film, television, and social media has helped shape our cultural understanding of what it means to be young, Black, and female in the U.S. In 2021, I received my PhD in Performance Studies with a Designated Emphasis in New Media from UC Berkeley. I also hold an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in Folklore from UC Berkeley. My children’s book, Mr. Okra Sells Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, was released in February 2016. As a scholar, writer and performer, I thrive on bridging communities together through movement and storytelling.

Recent Awards:

  • 2021 Peter Lyman Graduate Fellow in New Media

  • 2020 Emily Chamberlain Cook Prize In Poetry

  • 2018 Mark Goodson Prize for Distinguished Artistic Talent

  • 2015 UC Berkeley Chancellor Fellow

  • 2014 Callaloo Poetry Fellow