Belinda Deneen Wallace
Belinda Deneen Wallace is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the Department of English Language and Literature and the Africana Studies Program at the University of New Mexico. As an interdisciplinary postcolonial scholar, queer theorist, and afrofuturist, her scholarship is informed by feminist epistemologies and new social history as they pertain to Caribbean literature and culture. She is currently working on her first manuscript, Mapping the Meta-Colonial: Queer Deliverance and the Afra-Caribbean Body, which engages the literature of contemporary, postcolonial Caribbean women and illustrates how queer gender and sexuality inform national identities, notions of citizenry, and nation-(re)building in postcolonial Caribbean nation-states and diaspora communities. As a whole, her project unveils the cultural relevance, distinctiveness, and importance of queerness to the struggle for national “belonging.” Wallace teaches courses in the areas of postcolonial studies, gender and sexuality studies, and the black transatlantic. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland College Park.