Joshua Bennett

Joshua Bennett
Predoctoral Fellow

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Joshua Bennett joined the Literature Department in 2015 as a Visiting Scholar while completing the final year of a PhD in English at Princeton University. His dissertation, “Being Property Once Myself: In Pursuit of the Animal in 20th Century African American Literature,” addresses questions of personhood within the African American literary tradition through an extended analysis of the ways in which human-animal relation, and human-nonhuman relation broadly construed, are theorized by black authors during the afterlife of slavery.


Joshua has received fellowships from the Hurston/Wright Foundation, the Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University, the Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust and the Ford Foundation. His writing has appeared in Callaloo, New England Review, Woman & Performance: a journal of feminist theory and elsewhere. Joshua is also the founding editor of Kinfolks: a journal of black expression.