Book Chapters and Other Publications

Book Chapters

“Baldwin’s Theater.” Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin. Ed. Michelle Elam. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 85 – 99.

“Southern (Dis)Comfort: Homosexuality in the Black South.” Creating and Consuming the U.S. South. Eds. William A. Fink, David Brown, Brian Ward, and Martyn Bone. University Press of Florida, 2015. 97 – 116.

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“Foreword.” The Delectable Negro: Human Consumption and Homoeroticism with U.S. Slave Culture. Vincent Woodard. Eds. Justin Joyce and Dwight McBride. New York University Press, 2014. xi-xiv.

“Black.” Keywords for American Cultural Studies, Vol. 2. Eds. Bruce Burgett and Glen Hendler. New York: NYUP, 2014. 30-34.

“Introduction.” solo/black/woman: scripts, interviews, essays. Eds. E. Patrick Johnson and Ramon Rivera-Servera. Evanston, Northwestern University Press, 2013. xv-xxiv.

“Interview with Robbie McCauley.” solo/black/woman: scripts, interviews, essays. Eds. E. Patrick Johnson and Ramon Rivera-Servera. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2013. 59 – 69.

“Interview with Rhodessa Jones.” solo/black/woman: scripts, interviews, essays. Eds. E. Patrick Johnson and Ramon Rivera-Servera. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2013. 18 – 26.

“Introduction: Opening and Interpreting Lives.” Cultural Struggles: Performance, Ethnography, Praxis. Dwight Conquergood. Ed. E. Patrick Johnson. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013. 1 – 14.

“Gays and Gospel: A Queer History of Sacred Music.” Out in Chicago: LGBT History at the Crossroads. Eds. Jill Austin and Jennifer Briers. Chicago: Chicago History Museum, 2011. 109 -125.

“Afterword.” Windy City Queer. Eds. Kathie Bergquist. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 2011. 237-238. “Foreword: The Journey From Bourgeois to Boojie.” From Bourgeois to Boojie: Middle Class

Performances. Eds. Vershawn Young and Bridget Tsemo. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 2011. viii – xxii. “Border Intellectual: Performing Identity at the Crossroads.” Performance in the Borderlands. Eds. Ramon

Rivera-Servera and Harvey Young. New York: Palgrave, 2011. 147 -160.

“Scatter the Pigeons: Baldness and the Performance of Hyper-Black Masculinity.” Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Studies. Eds. Regina E. Spellers and Kimberly R. Moffitt. Hampton, V.A.: Hampton UP, 2010. 147 -156.

“In the Merry Old Land of OZ: Rac(e)ing and Quee(r)ing the Academy.” The Queer Community: Continuing the Struggle for Social Justice. Ed. Richard Johnson, III. San Diego: Birkdale Publishers, 2009. 85-103.

“Going Home Ain’t Always Easy: Ethnography and the Politics of Black Respectability.” Out in Public: Reinventing Lesbian/Gay Anthropology in a Globalizing World. Eds. Ellen Lewin and William L. Leap. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2009. 54-70.

“Queer Theory.” The Cambridge Companion to Performance Studies. Ed. Tracy C. Davis. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2008. 166-181.

“Black Performance Studies: Genealogies, Politics, Futures.” Performance Studies Handbook. Eds. D. Soyini Madison and Judith Hamera. Thousand Oaks, C.A.: Sage, 2005. 446-463.

“Performing Blackness Down Under: Gospel Music in Australia.” Black Cultural Traffic: Crossroads in Performance and Popular Culture. Eds. Harry Elam and Kennell Jackson. Ann Arbor, U of Michigan P, 2005.

“Mother Knows Best: Black Gay Vernacular and Transgressive Domestic Space.” Speaking in Queer Tongues: Gay Language Without Gay English? William L. Leap & Tom Boellstorff. Eds. Champagne: U of Illinois P, 2004.

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“Specter of the Black Fag: Parody, Blackness, & Homo/Heterosexual B(r)others.” Queering Communication: Theory, Research, and Interventions. Ed. Gust A. Yep. Binghamton, New York: Haworth Press, 2003. [reprint]

“SNAP! Culture: A Different Kind of Reading.”Performance: Critical Concepts Vol. 4. Phil Auslander. Ed. New York: Routledge, 2003. [reprint]

“Feeling the Spirit in the Dark: Expanding Notions of the Sacred in the African American Gay Community.” The Greatest Taboo: Homosexuality in Black Communities. Delroy Constantine-Simms. Ed. Boston: Alyson Press, 2001: 88-109. [reprint]


“The Scene in Wyoming.” Callaloo 23.1 (Spring 2000): 122-124.


“All in the Family: Queering the Projects.” If We Have to Take Tomorrow. Eds. Frank Leon Roberts & Marvin K. White. Los Angeles: The Institute of Gay Men’s Health. (2006): 41-46.

Liner Notes. Black Gospel Down Under. Compact Disc. Australia Broadcast Company, 2002. “Coda” from “Black Quare Studies.” Callaloo 23.1 (Spring 2000): 120-121.

Works in Progress

Honeypot: Southern Black Women Who Love Women—An Oral History. An oral history of black lesbians who were born, raised, and continue to live in the U.S. South. Under contract with University of North Carolina Press.

Strange Fruit: Quare Readings of the Self as Other. Collection of autoethnographic essays exploring race, class, gender, sexuality and regionalism. Book Manuscript.

Camp Revival: Queering Gender in the Black Church {Tentative title}. Book manuscript on the camp aesthetic in the black church as an expression of non-normative gender expression.

Making Sweet Tea—An experimental documentary film about the process of translating ethnographic material into aesthetic form. This is a collaboration with anthropologist John Jackson.