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Kristin Moriah


Kristin Moriah is an Assistant Professor of English at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. In 2022 she was a Visiting Fellow at the Pennsylvania State University Center for Black Digital Research and the Pennsylvania State Humanities Institute. She is the most recent recipient of the American Studies Association’s Yasuo Sakakibara prize and one of the inaugural recipients of the Queen’s University Black Scholars Excellence in Mentorship awards. Her writing can be found in American Quarterly, C Magazine, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches théâtrales au Canada and Canadian Theatre Review. She is is the editor of the first volume of scholarly essays about Mary Ann Shadd Cary, which will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2024.

Research Interests

African American literature and culture; Black Studies; Sound Studies; Performance Studies

Selected Publications


  • 2023  “Playing That Crystal Flute: Black Interventions in the Sonic Archives.” American Quarterly, June 2023. (Invited)
  • 2023  “That Men Might Listen Earnestly to It: Hearing Blackness,” English Studies in Canada/ESC 46.2–3. (June/September 2023): 33–37. (Invited)
  • 2022  “What Will We Do with All That Data?” American Periodicals. (Invited Forum Introduction)
  • 2021   “On the Record: Sissieretta Jones and Black Feminist Recording Praxes.” Sound Acts special issue of Performance Matters 6.2. February 2021.
  • 2020  “A Rude Sound: Notes on Suck Teeth Composition,” Sound and Performance special issue of Canadian Theatre Review 184. October 2020. (Invited)
  • 2020   “A Greater Compass of Voice: Black Feminist Performance and National Identity in Nineteenth-Century North America.” Race and Performance in the US-Canada Borderlands special issue of Theatre Research in Canada 41.1, June 2020. pp. 20-38. 
  • 2015  “Other People's Cabin's: German Inversions of Uncle Tom's Cabin.” Lateral 4: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association. Island Lake, IL: The Cultural Studies Association.
  • 2008  “In the Shadow of the Negro: Race and Performance in Herman Melville’s Benito Cereno”. Peer English 3: pp. 37-52.


  • 2023  “Another Link to Life”: Black Feminist Geography, the Digital Humanities and in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.” Teaching Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Ed. Lynn Domina. Modern Language Association (forthcoming).
  • 2023  “From Ballad Opera to Minstrelsy: Interrogating Social Class, Race, Gender, and Nation on the Musical Stage,” in The Routledge Companion to Musical Theatre. Ed. Ryan Donovan and Laura MacDonald. (Invited)
  • 2022  “Sounding Black Print Culture at the Edges of the Black Atlantic.” New Directions in Print Culture Studies: Archives, Materiality, and Modern American Culture. Ed. Jesse W. Schwartz and Daniel Worden. Bloomsbury. (Invited)
  • 2013  "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: pp.221-236.
Graduate Supervision

I am interested in supervising graduate students with strongly articulated research interests in Black Studies, Sound Studies, Performance Studies and African American Literature.

Additional Information



  • 2022        Just Transformations Fellowship. The Center for Black Digital Research, Pennsylvania State University. 
  • 2022        Visiting Scholar in Residence. Pennsylvania State University Humanities Institute.
  • 2017-2018   Helena Rubinstein Fellowship, Whitney Museum of American Art (declined) 
  • 2017-2018   Emory University Rose Library Fellowship (declined)
  • 2017-2018   Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship in the Humanities 
  • 2017         The New School Institute for Critical Social Inquiry Fellowship


  • 2023  Queen’s University Faculty of Arts and Science Conference Fund, Grant 
  • 2023  SSHRC Institutional Grant, Queen's University 
  • 2021  SSHRC Insight Development Grant, Papers Worthy of Patronage, 
  • 2021  SSHRC Connection Grant [Co-Applicant], Black Studies Summer Seminar, 
  • 2020  Arts and Science Dean’s EDI Grant, Queen’s University 
  • 2019  SSHRC Institutional Grant, Queen’s University 
  • 2018  Experiential Learning Hub Grant, Queen’s University 
  • 2018  Research Initiation Grant, Queen’s University 
  • 2018  Rare Book School NEH-GBHI Scholarship, The University of Virginia 


  • 2023  Black Scholars Excellence in Mentoring Award, Queen’s University 
  • 2022  Yasuo Sakakibara Prize, American Studies Association 
  • 2022  Mayor’s Arts Awards: Arts Champion Award (Skeleton Park Arts Festival), City of Kingston
  • 2017  The Melvin Dixon Prize for the Best Dissertation in African American Studies, The CUNY Graduate Center

In the News

On ASALH-TV’s In Retrospect and Prospect S2, E3 “#DigBlk: Black History in the Digital Sphere” Dr. Moriah and Dr. Gabrielle Foreman and Dr. Shirley Moody-Turner, the co-directors of the Center for Black Digital Research at Penn State, discuss their ongoing research collaboration and partnership.

Department of English, Queen's University

Watson Hall
49 Bader Lane
Kingston ON K7L 3N6

Telephone (613) 533-2153


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Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.