Kinitra D. Brooks, Ph.D. (above) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research focuses on constructions of black femininity in literature, film and popular culture, specifically comic books and hip hop videos. Her current monograph project is tentatively titled The Perils of Strength: Black Women in Contemporary Horror and focuses on constructions of black femininity in horror literature, film, television and comic books. She is also in the process of co-editing a volume of theoretical examinations of black femininity in hip hop videos.
Her teaching interests include 20th-Century African American literature and film with a specific focus on black feminist theory, horror, and science fiction. She continues to incorporate all manner of texts in her classes, including film, television, comic books and graphic novels. Many of her courses are cross-listed with African American Studies, American Studies, and Women’s Studies. She is a Women’s Studies Institute faculty affiliate.
She’s also written/lectured; “Severing the Heads of Decrepit Stereotypes: The Black Superwoman in the Land of Zombies.”, “Finding the Humanity in Horror: Black Women’s Identity in Fighting the Supernatural.”, and “The Transcendental Black Maternal in Phyllis Alesia Perry’s Stigmata.”
She also has taught courses on Black Women in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.
She is a native of New Orleans and enjoys the company of good friends, good family, and good food!