Katherine McKittrick


Brief Biography

Katherine McKittrick researches in the areas of black studies, anti-colonial studies, cultural geographies and gender studies. Her research is interdisciplinary and attends to the links between epistemological narrative, social justice, and creative text. Her forthcoming monograph, Dear Science, supported in part by a SSHRC insight grant, will look at the promise of science in black poetry, music, and visual art.

Katherine also researches the writings of Sylvia Wynter, with part of this work being put forth in her edited collection, Yours in the Intellectual Struggle: On Sylvia Wynter and the Realization of the Living, contracted by Duke University Press. She authored Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle, (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006) and co-edited, with the late Clyde Woods, Black Geographies and the Politics of Place (Toronto and Cambridge, MA: Between the Lines Press/South End Press). Additional publications can be found in Small Axe, Mosaic, XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics, Gender, Place and Culture, and the Journal of Social and Cultural Geography.

Research and supervision areas: diasporic and migratory histories and cultures; cultural geographies; black studies, queer-race theories, critical race studies; expressive cultures and cultural production; science studies.

Selected Publications:

Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006.

Editor with Clyde Woods. Black Geographies and the Politics of Place. Toronto: Between the Lines Press; Boston:      South End Press, 2007.

'Quiescent Change" Reading Barack Obama, Reading Race and Racism, Reading Whiteness,' Qualitative Sociology, 35:2, (2012): 243-249.

'On Plantations, Prisons, and a Black Sense of Place,' Journal of Social and Cultural Geography, 12:8 (2011): 947-963.

'Science Quarrels Sculpture: The Politics of Reading Sarah Baartman.' Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature - A Special Issue: Sculpture, 43:2 (June 2010): 113-130.

In Conversation with Carole Boyce Davies, 'Intellectual Life: Carole Boyce Davies's Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones.' MaComere: The Journal of the Association of Caribbean Writers and Scholars, (April 2008): 27-42.

Katherine McKittrick, 'I Entered the Lists... Diaspora Catalogues: The List, The Unbearable Territory, and Tormented Chronologies - Three Narratives and a Weltanschauung.' XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics, 17, (2007): 7-29.