Christina Sharpe is a professor in the Department of Humanities at York University in Toronto. Her research focuses on black visual, queer, and diaspora studies in the context of modern and contemporary African American literature and culture.
Professor Sharpe’s first book, Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post Slavery Subjects (2010), interprets a series of visual and literary texts to argue that the sexual violence of slavery and racialized subjugation continue to shape black and white subjectivities into the present.
Her 2016 book In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, which shows how contemporary black lives are swept up and animated by the afterlives of slavery, was named by The Guardian as one of the best books of 2016.
Cosponsored by the Art History Baldwin Lectures Endowment.