Academic CV


PhD in Performance Studies; Designated Emphasis in New Media

University of California, Berkeley


MA in Folklore, 2015

University of California, Berkeley

Thesis: When Diane Tells Me a Story

MFA in Writing, 2008

Sarah Lawrence College

Thesis: Searching for Andrew


BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing

Minors in Print Journalism and Psychology, 2005

University of Miami


"Coming of (R)age: A New Genre for Contemporary Narratives about Black Girlhood" Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. (Forthcoming in 2021) 

“When Diane Tells Me a Story.” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism. (Forthcoming in 2022) 

Brown, K., Daley, L., Hunt, D. “Disruptive Ruptures: The Necessity of Black/Girlhood Imaginary.” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism. (Submitted for Initial Review)


University of California, Berkeley

Instructor ׀ Berkeley, CA ׀ August 2014 – present

New Media 151AC – New Media in American Culture, Fall 2020

“Transforming Tech: Issues and Interventions in STEM and Silicon Valley”

AAS 156AC – African American Studies in American Culture, Spring 2020

“Poetry for the People: Introduction to the Art of Poetry”

Theater 118AC – Performance in American Culture, Summer 2019 and 2020

“Performance, Television, and Social Media”

Theater R1A – Performance: Writing and Research, Spring 2018 and Fall 2019

“African American Folktales, Children’s Literature, and Storytelling”

Theater 98 – Directed Group Study, Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

“New Play Reading Series”

Theater 52AC – Dance in American Culture, Fall 2017

“Dance in American Cultures”

Anthropology 3AC – Introduction to Social/Cultural Anthropology, Spring 2015

“The Creation of the Americas”

Anthropology 160 – Forms of Folklore, Fall 2014

“Introduction to Folklore”

University of Miami

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant ׀ Miami, FL ׀ August 2002 – May 2003

English 103 – English Composition

“Fundamentals of English Composition”


“Race, Gender, and Representation: Black Girlhood,” Sonoma State University, Sonoma, CA, October 23, 2019

“The Sound of Ethnopoetics: The Tale of Brer Rabbit,” Folklore and Mythology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, February 4, 2018


“Black Feminist (Auto)Ethnography: Zora Neale Hurston’s Mules and Men,” Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, October 21, 2020

“Breaking the Illustrated Color Line,” American Literature Association Conference, San Diego, CA, May 21-24, 2020 (Abstract accepted, conference canceled due to COVID-19)

“In Conversation with Savannah Shange,” Center for Race & Gender, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, February 20, 2020

“The Choreography of Black Girls in the City,” National Women’s Studies Association Conference, San Francisco, CA, November 14-17, 2019

“Black Girlhood Studies: Epistemologies and Methodologies,” Center for Race & Gender, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, October 10, 2019


“Coming of (R)age: a New Genre for Contemporary Narratives about Black Girlhood,” Department of Theater, Dancer, and Performance Studies, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, October 3, 2019

“Between Good and Ghetto: Ten Years Later,” Center for Race & Gender, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, February 28, 2019


“In Conversation with Aimee Cox, Center for Race & Gender, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, May 9, 2018

“Black/Girlhood Imaginary,” National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Baltimore, MD, November 16-19, 2017


“Black/Girlhood Imaginary,” Center for Race & Gender, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, November 9, 2017

“The Accredited Storyteller": How Academia is Professionalizing the Art of Storytelling,” National Storytelling Conference, Kansas City, MO, July 21-24, 2016

“Text, Texture, and Context: When Diane Ferlatte Embodies Brer Rabbit,” Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, September 24, 2015


Assistant Director and Dramaturg, Berkeley Dance Project, UC Berkeley, 2020-2021

Dancer, Earth Echoes by Cherie Hill, David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA 2020

Dancer, SheVerse by Cherie Hill, CounterPulse, San Francisco, CA 2019

Choreographer and Dancer, How We Play, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 2019

Dancer, Feel Don’t / Everything But, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 2019

Dancer, Sevenfold, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 2019

Choreographer, Will This Work?, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 2018

Playwright and Producer, The Carter Sisters, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 2017

Facilitator, The New Play Reading Series, 2017-2018

Dancer, Basura by josé a. nuño, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 2016-2017

Writer and Performer, Eye of the Storm, UC Berkeley, CA, 2016

Writer, Performer, and Collaborator, Call & Response, UC Berkeley, CA, 2016


African American Children’s Literature, African American Folktales, Black Girlhood Studies, Black Feminist Research Methods, Choreographic Composition, Creative Writing, English Composition, Performance Studies, Modern Dance History, New Media



Emily Chamberlain Cook Prize in Poetry, 2020

Doctoral Completion Fellowship, 2018-2019

Summer Institute for Preparing Future Faculty Fellow, Summer 2018

Mark Goodson Prize for Distinguished Theatrical Talent, 2018

Center for Race & Gender Working Group Grant, 2017-2020

Foreign Language and Area Studies Grant, 2017-2018

Katherine Dunham Technique Seminar Fellow, Summer 2017

Berkeley Center for New Media Conference Grant, 2017

Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Conference Grant, 2017

UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly Travel Grant, 2017

Gigs Mentorship Award, 2017

UC Berkeley Chancellor Fellow, 2015-2017

Callaloo Poetry Fellow, 2014

UC Berkeley Folklore Summer Research Grant, 2013

UC Berkeley Distinguished Graduate Fellow, 2012-2013

Sarah Lawrence College Graduate Gift, 2006-2008

University of Miami English Merit Grant, 2002-2003

Florida Bright Futures, 2001-2005

University of Miami Alumni Scholarship Award, 2001-2005

JFK/MLK Award, 2001-2005



Special Programs Advisor, Oxnard Performing Arts Center Corporation, 2020-present

Graduate Representative to the Executive Committee, 2019-2021

Mentor, Getting in Graduate School (Gigs), 2016-2019

Board Member, Storytelling Association of California, 2015-2017

Graduate Student Admit Liaison, 2015-2016

Big Brothers and Big Sister of Southern Louisiana, 2010-2017

Delegate, Graduate Assembly, UC Berkeley, 2012-2013

State Member, AmeriCorps, 2008-2009

Co-President, Graduate Student Senate, Sarah Lawrence College, 2007-2008

Graduate Student Representative, Student Life, Sarah Lawrence College, 2007-2008

Fiction Editor, Lumina, Sarah Lawrence College, 2007-2008

Associate Fiction Editor, Lumina, Sarah Lawrence College, 2006-2007

Production Assistant, We, the Students, University of Miami, 2004



Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, 2020-present

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, 2019-present

UC Berkeley Center for Race & Gender, 2017-2020

National Women’s Studies Association, 2017-2020

Dance Studies Working Group, 2017-2019

Folklore Roundtable at UC Berkeley, 2012-2015

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