Kinitra D. Brooks, PhD

Associate Professor of English, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2016-Present
Assistant Professor of English, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2009-2016
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2008-2009

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008         
M.P.H. in International Health and Development, Tulane University, 2001
B.A. in English Literature, Xavier University of Louisiana, 2000                                        



Searching for Sycorax: Black Women Haunting Contemporary Horror. Rutgers University Press. Fall/Winter 2017.

Edited Collection (Creative)

Sycorax's Daughters.  With Susana M. Morris and Linda D. Addison. Cedar Grove Publishing. 

Refereed Journal Articles

“The Potential for Black Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art.” The International Review of African American Art. 27:1 (2017) 13-17.

“Speculative Sankofarration: Haunting Black Women in Contemporary Horror Fiction.” With Stephanie Schoellman & Alexis McGee. Special Issue: Speculating Futures: Black Imagination & the Arts. Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora 42:1-2 (2016) 237-248.

Brooks, Kinitra D. “The Importance of Neglected Intersections: Race and Gender in Contemporary Zombie Texts and Theories.” African American Review 47: 4 (Winter 2014) 461-475. Print.

Brooks, Kinitra D. “Maternal Inheritances: Trinity Formations and Constructing Self-Identities in Stigmata and Louisiana.” FEMSPEC 12:2 (2012). 17-46, 199. Print.

Brooks, Kinitra D. “Finding the Humanity in Horror: Black Women’s Sexual Identity in Fighting the Supernatural.”  POROI 7: 2 (June 2011) 1-14. Print.

Chapters in Edited Collections
Brooks, Kinitra D. “Ontologies of Orisha Technology: West African Spirituality in  Afrofuturistic Visions.” Invited Essay. Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of the Black Imagination. Art + Design Exhibition. September 2015 – January 2016. The Schomburg Center of Harlem. New York, New York.

 Book Reviews
Brooks, Kinitra D.  Rev. of Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage by Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas. Journal for International Women’s Studies. 2009. 234-235. Print.

Brooks, Kinitra D. “The Multiple Pasts, Presents, and Futures of Nnedi Okorafor’s Literary Nigeria.” Rev. of Lagoon (2014) and Book of Phoenix (2015) by Nnedi Okorafor. Los Angeles Review of Books. 13 April 2016.

Co-editor with Susana M. Morris. Book Series. New Suns: Race, Gender, Sexuality & the Speculative at Ohio State University Press.
Board Member and Peer Reviewer. Journal of Research on Women and Gender.


“‘I Used to Be Your Sweet Mama’: Beyoncé at the Crossroads of Blues and Conjure in Lemonade.” Keynote Speaker. Intersections: Identity and Ideology. Texas A&M University-San Antonio. February 2017.

Big Talk on Race and Hollywood. Invited Panelist. Valenti School of Communication. University of Houston, Houston, TX. February 2017. 

“Towards a Black Women’s Horror Film Aesthetic.” Terror on Tape. Invited Panelist. Yale University, New Haven, CT. May 2016.

“What If Slavery Was Our Apocalypse?: Afrofuturism and The Speculative in Contemporary Black Fiction.” Juneteenth Invited Lecture. Carver Branch Library. San Antonio Public Libraries. June 2015.

“The Hoodoo Experience: Literature, Spirituality, and Identity.” Invited Panelist. Astroblackness 2: The Surreal, The Speculative, and The Spooky. Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. March 2015.

Multimedia Screening of Wake (2010), Danger Word (2013), DayBlack (2014). Respondent. Astroblackness 2: The Surreal, The Speculative, and The Spooky. Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. March 2015.

“The Legacy of the Venus Hottentot in Contemporary Rap Culture.” Invited Lecture. Igo Branch Library. San Antonio Public Libraries. February 2015.

“Taking the Zombi Back from Zombie” Invited Panelist. South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Durham, North Carolina. November 2012.

Tulia, Texas. Commentary. American Studies Association. San Antonio, TX. November 2010.

“New Directions in African American Literary and Cultural Studies.” Roundtable Discussion Participant, Black American Literature and Culture. Modern Language Association. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. December 2009.

“Maternal Abjection in Black Women’s Literature.”  Panelist.  Symposium on African American Studies, University of Texas at San Antonio.  April 2008.


“Decolonizing Genre in Nnedi Okorafor’s Lagoon, Nalo Hopkinson’s Sister Mine, and  NK Jemisin’s The Fifth Season.” Session Creator/Panelist. National Women’s Studies Association. Montreal, Canada. November 2016.

“Tuning In/Playing Out: Race, Gender, TV, and Decoloniality.” Invited Panelist. National Women’s Studies Association. Montreal, Canada. November 2016.

“Leading Ladies: Black Women, Fantasy, Reality, Precarity and Made for TV?” Round Table. National Women’s Studies Association. Milwaukee, WI. November 2015.

“Black Women Writing Fluid Fiction: An Open Challenge to Genre Normativity.”Session Creator/Panelist. National Women’s Studies Association. San Juan,  Puerto Rico. November 2014

 “Beyond Erasure: Black Women Writing Themselves into the Post Apocalypse” Invited Panelist. Northeast Modern Language Association. Rochester, New York. March 2012.

“A Maternal Inheritance: Constructing Identity of the Self in the Trinity Formation in Phyllis Alesia Perry’s Stigmata and Erna Brodber’s Louisiana.” Panelist. Collegium for African American Research. Paris, France. April 2011.

“Severing the Heads of Decrepit Stereotypes: The Black Superwoman in the Land of Zombies.” Panelist, Postapocalyptic Utopias and Dystopias. Modern Language Association. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. December 2009.

“Finding the Humanity in Horror: Black Women’s Identity in Fighting the Supernatural.” Panelist. South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Atlanta, Georgia. November 2009.

“Feelin Ourselves: The Evolution of Black Women in Entertainment.” Co-presented with Autumn Knight. Invited Lecture for Art Installation. She Works Flexible Museum. Houston, TX. June 2015.


Feminist Research Seminar Grant, Beyoncé’s Lemonade Lexicon: Black Feminism and Spirituality in Theory and Praxis, Institute for    

      Research on Women and Gender, University of Michigan, 2017-2018.

Fellow, Women of Color Leadership Project, National Women’s Studies Association, 2016.

Faculty Success Program, National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts, Spring 2013.
Research Development Leave, University of Texas at San Antonio, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, Spring 2013.
Professor Bootcamp, University of Texas at San Antonio, Teaching and Learning Center, 2010.
The Provost’s Academy on Critical Thinking, University of Texas at San Antonio, Teaching and Learning Center, 2009.
College of Liberal and Fine Arts Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2008.
Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Declined, 2008.

 Nalo, Nnedi & Nora: Contemporary Black Women Writers Challenging Genre Normativity is a book-length critical exploration of the creative and scholarly writings of Nalo Hopkinson, Nnedi Okorafor, and NK Jemisin. I contend that these women highlight my fluid fiction framework, outlined in my first monograph.

The Nalo Hopkinson Reader is a critical companion to the work of fantastical Afrofuturist writer, Nalo Hopkinson. Hailed as a literary inheritor of Octavia Butler, Hopkinson defies genre dictates by steeping her works in the shape-shifting traditions of the Caribbean. 

Black Women in Horror: Critical Perspectives with Susana Morris and Black Women in Horror: Creative Fictions with Linda Addison is an edited set of scholarly criticism on contemporary black woman-centered horror texts and new short fiction from rising black women horror writers. This collection is the first solely focused on presenting multiple approaches to reading the positionality of black women in the horror genre.

University of Texas at San Antonio, 2008-Present:
Undergraduate Courses - The African American Novel, Black Women in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, The Supernatural in African American Literature, Race and Gender in Film, Mothering in American Literature, From Text to Film, Horror Text and Theory, Vodou in the African American Novel, Caribbean Women Writers, Black Speculative Fiction.

 Graduate Courses – Afrofuturism, Speculative Black Women, Deconstructing Destructive Mothers: “Bad” Mother in the Literature of Women of Color, African American Women’s Writing, Black Women in Science Fictions, Fantasy, and Horror, Topics in American Literature: Horror Text & Theory, Introduction to Graduate Studies, African American Literature, Zora Neale Hurston and the Harlem Renaissance.


Black Kirby                                                                                                                          2017
Coordinator, Host
Jewelle Gomez                                                                                                                   2016
Coordinator, Host

Trudier Harris, Brackenridge Visiting Professor                                              2015
Coordinator, Host
Erna Brodber                                                                                                                       2014
Coordinator, Host
Ibi Zoboi                                                                                                                                  2013
Coordinator, Host
Harry Benshoff                                                                                                                    2012
Coordinator, Host                                                                                          
Black and Brown Feminisms in Hip Hop Media Symposium                       2011
Co-founder, Co-chair

Astroblackness 3: Planet Deep South Symposium, Planning Committee 2016
SAMLA, Program Committee, Chair 2014
NWSA, Proposal Reviewer 2014
MLA, Executive Committee of MLA Discussion Group on Science Fiction and Utopian
            and Fantastic Literature, 2011 – 2013
SAMLA, Program Committee, Member 2010 - 2013
SAMLA, Chairperson, African-American Literature, 2010
SAMLA, Chairperson, Comparative Literature (II), 2008

Modern Language Association (MLA)

National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)