Tavia Nyong'o

Tavia Nyong’o

Professor, Performance Studies, Yale University


Tavia Nyong'o is a professor of performance studies at Yale University, where he teaches in the American Studies, African American Studies, Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Theater Studies programs. His books include The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory (2009) and Afro-Fabulations: The Queer Drama of Black Life (2018). He is working on two current research projects — a study of Samuel Delany and the emergence of queer of color speculation, and a set of essays considering cultural appropriation through the lens of queer East African aesthetic production. He is a longstanding member of the Social Text editorial collective and co-edits the Sexual Cultures book series with Ann Pellegrini and Joshua Chambers-Letson.