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Sarah Stefana Smith, Ph.D.

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Sarah Stefana Smith, Ph.D.

Social Justice Education

University of Toronto, 2016

Email:  sss81@psu.edu

During the fellowship year, Dr. Smith developed her book proposal and began to write her book manuscript: Poetics of Bafflement: Aesthetics of Frustration. She is currently working on two publications. The first is entitled, “Black Social Death and Re-orienting Queer Temporalities in Ayana Jackson’s To Kill or Allow to Live (2016)”, which was submitted for review in May. During an invited presentation with the Black Cultural Studies Collective at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Smith presented new work, related to her first publication. The second publication, “Surface Play: Rewriting Black Interiorities through Artifice, Camouflage, and Abstraction in Mickalene Thomas’s Oeuvre” is currently under review. She is currently working on a co-authored introductory section with B. Stephen Carpenter on race and arts education, forthcoming with Palgrave Press. In addition to participating in various ARC workshops, Dr. Smith guest lectured in two courses, Introduction to Women Studies and Truth and Reconciliation: Race Relations in America, Performance Arts and Artists Moving Us Forward. Dr. Smith participated in the development of the Sawyer Seminar Mellon Foundation development grant, with the Department of African American Studies, and will develop the Digital Humanities component of the project. Dr. Smith presented her research at several academic conferences including Black Portraiture[s] III in Johannesburg, South Africa, Feeling Queer/ Queer Feeling conference, and Black Like, Writing Black Canada symposium. She will be an artist in residency with the Feminist Art Collective, at Toronto Island, Ontario in May. Recently she was selected to participate in the New York American Studies Association, Summer Institute. Dr. Smith is currently a Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow in the Department of African American Studies at Penn State.