Jayna Brown’s areas of knowledge and interest include black expressive cultures, film, queer of colour critique, anarchism, materialism, and science fiction. Her first book, Babylon Girls: Black Women Performers and The Shaping of the Modern (2008) won Best Book awards from both the American Society for Theatre Research and the Theater Library Association. She has also published on African-American race film and popular performance in various journals including The Journal of Popular Music Studies, GLQ, Social Text, and Women and Performance. Her new book, Black Utopias: Speculative Life and the Music of Other Worlds* is forthcoming from Duke University Press and traces black radical utopian practice and performance, from the psychic travels of Sojourner Truth to the cosmic transmissions of Alice Coltrane and Sun Ra.
Jayna Brown is Professor in the Graduate Program in Media Studies at Pratt Institute, New York. She teaches and writes about science fiction, Afro-surrealism, black feminism and queer theory, performance, and media.