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                                        

Black Feminist Theory; Black Women in Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy; Black Women in Popular Culture ; 20th-21st c. African American and Afro-Caribbean literature and culture; Black Speculative Studies and Afrofuturism.


Searching for Sycorax: Black Women Haunting Contemporary Horror. Rutgers University Press. December 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.


“Translation, Contemplating, and Speculating: Black Radical Imagination through Digital Transmedia.” Elektrik Revival: Remixing the Black Speculative South. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. May 2017.

“‘I Used to Be Your Sweet Mama’: Beyoncé at the Crossroads of Blues and Conjure in Lemonade.” University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. February 2017.

“‘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.

“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.

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


“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

“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.

 Divinely Monstrous: Black Women Conjuring the Grotesque in Popular Culture uses the framework of The Conjure Woman to demonstrate how black women incorporate visual iterations of the grotesque and the divine to subvert the false constructions of black women as monstrous in aesthetic and/or moral construction

The Gender & Horror Handbookis an interdisciplinary guide to the multiple intersections of gender and horror from folklore to gothic literature to contemporary film and media. Solicited by Routledge Press.

The Nalo Hopkinson Readeris 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 Perspectiveswith Susana Morris is an edited set of scholarly criticism on contemporary black woman-centered horror texts. 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)