Pickens, Theri

PhD, Comparative Literature, UCLA (2010)
MA, Comparative Literature, UCLA (2008)

Theri A. Pickens is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Bates College. She received her undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature from Princeton University (P’05)) and her PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA (2010). Her research focuses on Arab American and African American literatures and cultures, Disability Studies, philosophy, and literary theory. She is currently at work on her book manuscript, Political Flesh: Narrating Black and Arab Embodied Experience in the Contemporary United States, which asks: How does a story about embodied experience transform from mere anecdote to social and political critique? Her critical work has appeared in Disability Studies Quarterly, Al-Jadid, Journal of Canadian Literature, Al-Raida, and, the ground-breaking collection Blackness and Disability: Critical Examinations and Cultural Interventions.

She is also a creative writer. Her poetry has appeared in Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, Save the Date, and Disability Studies Quarterly. Her drama has been performed at the NJ State Theater.

She offers courses on Arab American and African American literature. In her introductory courses, she seeks to provide students with information and skills that will enable and empower them to critically and constructively engage difficult topics like race, sexuality, gender, disability, and class. In her upper division courses, she pushes students to synthesize their knowledge from other classes and expand their critical thinking repertoires.

Prof. Pickens’ personal homepage.

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