- PhD University of California, Santa Cruz 2008
- MA University of Oslo 1999
Dr. Blake specializes in twentieth-century African American literature, African American studies, and critical analyses of gender and sexuality. Her research interests are situated within the fields of literature, cultural studies, Black Studies, and gender studies.
- Creative Writing and/or Performance
- Genders and Sexualities
“Intimate Antagonisms and the Meaning of Resistance in Gayl Jones’s Corregidora” SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society 19.2 (2017): 144-161.
“What Does It Mean to be Black?: Gendered Redefinitions of Interethnic Solidarity in Piri Thomas’ Down These Mean Streets” African American Review 51.2 (Summer 2018): 95-110.
“Global mass violence: examining racial and gendered violence in the twilight of multiculturalism” Ethnic and Racial Studies 40.14 (2017): 2615-2633.
“Why Black Lives Matters in the Humanities.” In Seeing Race Again: Countering Colorblindness Across the Disciplines, eds Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Luke Charles Harris, Daniel Martinez HoSang, and George Lipsitz (Oakland: University of California Press 2019): 307-326.
Felice Blake and Paula Ioanide, “Antiracism Incorporated” in Antiracism Inc.: Why the Way We Talk about Racial Justice Matters (Punctum Books 2019): 17-39.
“How Does Cultural Criticism ‘Work’ in the Age of Antiracist Incorporation?” in Antiracism Inc.: Why the Way We Talk about Racial Justice Matters (Punctum Books 2019): 199-228.
“Antiracism Works: Interview with Diana Zuniga” in Antiracism Inc.: Why the Way We Talk about Racial Justice Matters (Punctum Books 2019): 111-122.
The BSE Collective, “Black Sexual Economies: An Introduction” in Black Sexual Economies: Race and Sex in a Culture of Capital (Urbana: University of Illinois Press 2019): 1-11.
“Framing the Video Vixen: Intraracial Readings of Unruly Desire” in Black Sexual Economies: Race and Sex in a Culture of Capital (Urbana: University of Illinois Press 2019): 166-184.
“Black in Norway,” op-ed for Al Jazeera, 2011.
Distinguished Teaching Award 2016-17.
Initiatives and Grants
UC-HBCU Initiative 2019-2020: The Creative Work of Critical Writing with Tougaloo College
The Abolition Reading Group
“The Poetics of Liberation: The Collective Works of Abolition Democracy” TedX UCSB (June 1, 2019).
Julie Carlson and Felice Blake “Just Friends” (Special Seminar). North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Brown University, 2018.
Felice Blake's Bookshelf
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