Dr. Brandy E. Underwood is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at California State University, Northridge, where she specializes in African American literature and culture. Underwood received her Ph.D. in English at UCLA in December 2017. She is currently at work on her first book manuscript, Feeling the Crowd: Affective Responses to Collective Violence in African American Literature, which explores the nexus between memory, leadership, and black literary history. She received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and an M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She is the past recipient of several prestigious awards including the Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship and the Ford Foundation’s Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship. Her research interests include: African American Literature, Affect Theory, Digital Attachment, Black Visual Culture, Sound Studies, Crowds, Memory, Architecture, Diaspora Studies, 20/21C American Literature, Neo-Slave Narratives, and Afrofuturism.
- Ph.D. English 2017, UCLA
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