Department of English


English Language and Literature

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Kristin Moriah

Kristin Moriah

Assistant Professor

  • African American literature and culture
  • African Diaspora Studies
  • Performance Studies
  • Sound Studies
  • Visual Culture
  • CV/Bio (PDF 63 KB)

"I am currently working on a manuscript entitled Dark Stars of the Evening: Performing African American Identity and Citizenship in Berlin. Dark Stars demonstrates that black performers and intellectuals who travelled to Eastern Europe developed wide performance networks as they sought artistic opportunities beyond the racist circumscription of the American popular stage. Race” carries different meanings and contexts, histories and clusters of cultural reference, on each side of a border, and so does national identity. No one knew this more intimately than the Black performers I have researched, who understood that, on stage, they represented a version of 'America' and a version of 'Blackness' that was different for their audiences abroad than it was for their audiences in the United States. Their performances became emblematic of modernity, globalization, and imperial might for German audiences at the turn of the century. African American-styled blackness contributed to economic development in Berlin while allowing African American performers to assert themselves on the global stage. Groups like the Four Black Diamonds had a lengthy engagement with the popular stage in Berlin, as opposed to Paris, the city black performers are most often associated with in international contexts. Performances by women like Ida Forsyne and Bricktop signified urban sophistication and New World otherness for fin-de-siècle German audiences."


2020-21 Courses

  • ENGL 375 001/6.0 American Literature
  • ENGL 815 Topics in Literary Study I: Performing Blackness: Black Drama and Performance Theory

Recent Publications

“Where Are the Black Angels?” PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art 123, September 2019. pp. 82-86.

“Uncle Tom’s Cabins: The Transnational History of American’s Most Mutable Book review.” American Literary History Online Review Series XIX. June 2019.

“Familiar review.” Theater Journal 71.1, March 2019. pp. 118-119.

Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left, review. American Drama and Theatre (JADT) 30.2, May 2018.

“Black Political Breathwork.” PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art 40.2 (T119), May 2018, pp. 94–97

“Notes from the Field review”. Theater Journal 69.3, September 2017. pp. 425-427.

“Shuffle and Repeat: A Review of George C. Wolfe’s Shuffle Along.” American Quarterly 69.1, March 2017. pp. 177-186.

“I am Not a Race Man: Racial Uplift and the Post-Soul Aesthetic in Percival Everett’s I am Not Sidney Poitier”. Understanding Blackness through Performance: Contemporary Arts and the Representation of Identity. Ed. Anne Cremieux, Xavier Lemoine, Jean-Paul Rocchi. Palgrave McMillan, 2013: pp. 221-236.


  • Rare Book School NEH-GBHI Scholarship, The University of Virginia (2018)
  • Emory University Rose Library Fellowship (2017-2018)
  • Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship in the Humanities (2017-2018)
  • The New School Institute for Critical Social Inquiry Fellowship (2017)
  • The Melvin Dixon Prize for the Best Dissertation in African American Studies, The CUNY Graduate Center (2017)