Daphne A. Brooks
Daphne A. Brooks is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of African American Studies, American Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Music at Yale University where she is also the co-founder and co-director of Yale University’s Black Sound & the Archive Working Group. She is the author of Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850-1910 (Duke UP 2006), winner of The Errol Hill Award for Outstanding Scholarship on African American Performance from ASTR; Jeff Buckley’s Grace (Continuum, 2005); and Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound (Harvard UP 2021), winner of multiple prizes including the 2021 Museum of African American History Stone Book Award.
Brooks has written liner notes to accompany the recordings of Aretha Franklin, Tammi Terrell, Prince, and Nina Simone as well as stories for the New York Times, the Guardian, the Nation, em>Pitchfork, and other outlets. Brooks is the recipient of a 2022-2023 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2022-2023 New York Public Library Cullman Center Fellowship. While at the Cullman Center, she will continue work on her latest project, a Black feminist counter-history of Porgy and Bess (Photo Credit: Mara Lavitt)
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