Public Work

Justin is a Black man standing at a podium smiling into a microphone. He is facing left and wearing a tan suit, white shirt, black tie, and glasses.
Speaking at the Race B4 Race Symposium, Arizona State University, January 2020

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Upcoming Talks:

August 2021: BritGrad Conference, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

November 2021: Normand Berlin Lecture, Kinney Center, UMass Amherst, MA

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Here’s some of my public scholarship:

Speaker, “‘Confused Aggregate’: Disciplining Race and Science in Dryden’s Shakespeare,” Mahindra Center for the Humanities, Shakespeare Seminar, Harvard University, MA (2021)

I give a lecture exploring ideas in my forthcoming essay for White People in Shakespeare about importing whiteness, discipline, and science through Shakespeare in the late-17th Century.

Featured Contributor, “Melancholy, Race, Shakespeare and English Literature,” A Bit Lit, online platform, (2020)

I talk to Andy Kesson, host of A Bit Lit, about the links between early theories of race and melancholy as concepts thought to be both un-English and non-white, and suggests that melancholy is very different to trauma in its lack of psychological cause or explanatory origins.

Invited Speaker, “Race and Disability in Othello,” American Shakespeare Center, Staunton, VA (2020)

Part of the “Then Must You Speak” series on Race and Shakespeare in the summer of 2020. I talk about my article, “Rub Him About The Temples: Othello, Disability, and the Failures of Care” (Early Theatre 22.2 (2019)), and about anti-racism, disability, and networks of care in Shakespeare’s play.

Invited Speaker, “You Have Work to Do: Vignettes of Black Grief,” “To Protect and to Serve: A Race B4 Race Roundtable,” Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2020)

How can the field of premodern studies move beyond diversity reform and toward something that is genuinely equitable? I was invited to speak on a distinguished panel of scholars on the subject of how early modern studies as a field, and academia at large, preserves and protects certain individuals and ideologies on the grounds of anti-Blackness, ableism, and misogyny.

Invited Speaker, “Barbary’s Blues and the Theft of Happiness in Early Modern England,” Race B4 Race Symposium: Appropriations (2020)

I was one of the invited speakers at a two-day conference held at Arizona State University, Tempe. Race B4 Race gathers together senior and early career scholars of premodern studies to engage in vital conversations around race and difference then and now. Follow along on Twitter at the hashtag #raceb4race.

Project Lead and Manager, Shakespeare and the Players (2015-20)

Digital archive of 1,000 Shakespearean actor postcards from the 19th-early 20th Centuries. Showcases Shakespeare theater history between 1880s and 1910s. Collection of Dr. Harry Rusche. Coordinated redevelopment, expansion, and migration to WordPress in 2015-16.

Author,Shakespeare in Black and White: Atlanta, 1916” for Atlanta Studies (2016).

“What is it about his work that endures, and what is it about Shakespeare that can help us better understand Atlanta as we look forward to the next one hundred years? One answer might lie a century ago in Atlanta’s history, during the last centenary celebrations of Shakespeare’s death.”

Assistant Curator, Desire & Consumption: The New World in the Age of Shakespeare (2016-17)

Andrew W. Mellon-funded internship at the Michael C. Carlos Museum for an exhibition highlighting the museum’s vast collections in indigenous American art and European works on paper, centered around Theodor de Bry’s Americae and Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Led by curator Dr. Andrea McKenzie.

Consultant/Assistant Curator, First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare! (2016)

Andrew Mellon internship to help design an exhibition at the Michael C. Carlos Museum which hosted Shakespeare’s First Folio on temporary loan and tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library during the Year of Shakespeare at Emory and Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary. Led by curator Dr. Andrea McKenzie.

Contributor, “GA Archive Traces Shakespeare’s Influence Through Postcards,” by Stephannie Stokes, WABE 90.1 (NPR Atlanta), (2016)

I was interviewed by NPR’s Atlanta affiliate about the Shakespeare & the Players postcard collection and the history of Shakespearean theater in the late 19th and 20th Centuries. I also talk about how Shakespeare became a household name through the sharing of these postcards on both sides of the Atlantic. Audio linked above.

Lead Curator, All The World’s an eStage: Shakespeare Postcards in a Digital Age (2016-17)

Exhibit showcasing the newly redesigned postcard and performance studies site, Shakespeare & the Players, located in and funded by the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, Robert W. Woodruff Library. Exhibit was a part of the year-long celebrations of Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary happening around the University and the world.

Invited Speaker,What’s In A Page?: Presenting Shakespeare’s Folios,” Stuart A. Rose Manuscript & Rare Book Library (2016)

What is Shakespeare’s First Folio, and why does it still matter? How did Shakespeare become “Shakespeare”? How did a nearly 400-year-old book come to be valued at over $1 million? Watch this video to see!