Amaris Brown

Amaris Brown

East Hall
Research/Areas of Interest:

African American Literature and Culture, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Black Disability Studies, Affect Theory, Black Feminist Thought, Political Theory, Black Visual Cultures, Critical Race Studies


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Cornell University, 2023


Amaris Diana Brown is the John Holmes Assistant Professor in the Humanities in the Department of English at Tufts University. A Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow, she earned her Ph.D. in Africana Studies at Cornell University. Amaris has been awarded fellowships from The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Mellon Collaborative Studies in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, and the Institute for Comparative Modernity. In 2019 she was a Helena Rubinstein Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Amaris's work examines the politics of black disablement in contemporary African diasporic literature and art. Her scholarship and teaching are situated at the intersections of black expressive culture, theories of affect and aesthetics, and black feminist abolitionist thought. Her dissertation, "Desirous Disposability: Circuits of Race, Sex, and Refusal" examines the political desires of the blackened, queer, and disabled to distort, disrupt, and derail the most powerful social forms of liberal identification including the human and the citizen.

Her work has been published in the 50th anniversary of the Black Scholar, Detroit Research, and Recess Art Gallery. Her chapter, "The Critic Draws," will be published in The Flesh of The Matter: A Hortense Spillers Reader in Fall, 2024.