In his research, andré m. carrington examines the cultural politics of race, gender, sexuality, and genre in black and American popular texts. He is an associate professor of African American literature at Drexel University. His first book, Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), analyzes the role of blackness in science fiction and fantasy works across a range of popular media, including comic books, fanzines, and television. His writing appears in such journals as American Literature, Present Tense, and Souls, as well as in books, including A Companion to the Harlem Renaissance (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015) and Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call (Vintage Entity, 2014).
The research project carrington is undertaking as a Radcliffe fellow extends his investigation of the nexus of race and genre to the tradition of science fiction radio drama. This study examines legacies of race thinking in radio plays derived from speculative fiction texts by black diasporic, British, and US authors, from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to Kindred. It treats speculative fiction and literary adaptation as transatlantic world-making practices that both influence and respond to the modern sensorium.
carrington holds a PhD in American studies from New York University. He is a past fellow of the Penn Humanities Forum (now the Wolf Humanities Center) and the recipient of a New York Council for the Humanities grant. In 2015, he and the artist Jennifer Camper cofounded the Queers & Comics Conference.