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Tao Leigh Goffe

Assistant Professor, Africana Studies, Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies

 Tao Leigh Goffe

Academic focus:

Philosophies and ecologies of labor and capital

Current research project: 

I’m working on two books. The first, “A History of Touches: Vernacular Archives of Afro-Asia,” explores the poetics and entanglements of African and Asian diasporas in the Caribbean. The second, “Pon De Replay: Gender, Sexuality, and DJ Cultures,” is a manifesto on black feminist praxis, technology, and nightclub culture.  

Previous positions:

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Asian studies, Leiden University, 2019
  • Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow, Social and cultural analysis, New York University, 2016-2019
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, African American studies, Princeton University, 2015-2016
  • Lecturer, Africana and Puerto Rican studies, City University of New York, Hunter College, 2015

Academic background: 

  • Ph.D., American studies, Yale University, 2015
  • M.Phil., American studies, Yale University, 2012
  • M.A., American studies, Yale University, 2010
  • A.B., English literature, Princeton University, 2009

Last book read:

“Black Mischief” by Evelyn Waugh

In your own time/when not working:

I see DJ’ing as a form of writing and an important way of expressing myself. The technology fundamental to DJ’ing, the sound system, emerged in Jamaica in the 1950s, which I teach about in my courses. I challenge students to produce their own DJ soundtracks to accompany the intellectual work we embark on together. 

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

Afro-Asia: Futurism and Feminisms; Archipelagoes: Cartographies of Race, Sound, and Sexuality

What most excites you about Cornell:

I'm excited to engage with a new intellectual community of faculty and students. I'm also excited about getting more in touch with nature in Ithaca, and making use of the Lab of Ornithology and Hip Hop Archive because wildlife and music are very important to my work.

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