B.A. Hamilton College, Comparative Literature.
M.A. New School for Social Research, Liberal Studies and Anthropology.
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, African Languages and Literature.
Toni’s fields of specialization include contemporary West African and Caribbean cultural production, trauma and memory studies, black speculative fiction/science fiction, African and Caribbean film studies.
She takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of collective trauma, memory, and memorialization vis-a-vis the transatlantic slave trade in Africa and the African diaspora through the lenses of the natural environment and cultural production. Her research areas are primarily West Africa and the Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean.
She is the recipient of several fellowships for her dissertation research on memory of the trans-Atlantic slave-trade and slavery in Benin Republic and Haiti. She just finished a year as a postdoctoral fellow in the Africana Research Center at Pennsylvania State University.
Toni is the author of "Imagining the Unimaginable: Visual Art and Memory in Ouidah, Benin Republic" in Africa e Mediterraneo: Cultura e Societa. She currently has several journal articles under review and several in progress. She has also begun work on her manuscript about the memory of slavery and post-revolution horrors in Haiti.
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