Wendy Allison Lee and Scott Poulson-Bryant will be in conversation as one of our Spring 2020 Distinguished Lectures in History & Literature.
Wendy Allison Lee is an Assistant Professor of English at Skidmore College, where she teaches courses on Asian American literature and U.S. literature and popular culture. She earned a B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles and her A.M. and Ph.D. in English from Brown University. From 2011-2014, she was a tutor in History & Literature. Her research is in the fields of ethnic studies, media and film studies, and gender studies. Her work has appeared in Avidly, Public Books, and MELUS. Her current book projects are Racial Anachronisms: Untimely Asian American Representations in the 1990s and Minor Matters: Aesthetics and Asian American Racialization. Her Fall 2013 HL 90 course “Zombies, Monsters, & Superheroes” was cited as a key example in a Wall Street Journal story about how “the proliferation of undergraduate courses in topics like zombies and vampires is helping ruin American students' brains.”
Scott Poulson-Bryant is an Assistant Professor of English at Fordham University, where he teaches courses on African American literature and U.S. film and drama. He earned his BA in American Studies at Brown University and his PhD in American Studies at Harvard, where he was also a tutor in Hist & Lit. His research intersects at the nexus of literary/cultural studies and performance studies, and his current book projects are Brand New Day: The Racialized Encounter in 1970s U.S. Popular Culture and Bicentennial Black: Race, Popular Culture and the Spirit of 1976. A former journalist and cultural critic, Professor Poulson-Bryant was a founding editor of VIBE magazine and his writing has appeared in such publications as Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and the Village Voice. His previous books include HUNG: A Meditation on the Measure of Black Men in America (2006) and The VIPs: A Novel (2011).