B.A. Black Studies, Pomona College, 1995 M.S. Urban Studies, University of New Orleans, 1998 Ph.D. American Studies, New York University, 2010
Sybil Newton Cooksey is a scholar of afro-diasporic cultural history whose interests include comparative literature, music and sound studies, and performance philosophy. She has taught courses on obscure autobiography, jazz icons, black existentialism, travel and translation, and Harlem noir. Professor Cooksey is currently working on a book manuscript entitled "The Objective I: Black Autobiography and Inauthenticity in Post-Negrophilia Paris." She is also researching a new project on soundscapes and architecture in 1940s Havana.
Teaching and Research Interests
afro-modernism in the americas; black travel narratives and translations; comparative blackness; autobiography and subjectivity; object-oriented ontology; invisibility, afro-pessimism and africana philosophies of existence; black affect: anger, moodiness, depression; surrealism, noir, afrofuturism; jazz performance and criticism; sound studies and soundscapes in literature