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Marzia Milazzo

Assistant Professor
Affiliate faculty in African American and Diaspora Studies, Latino and Latina Studies, and Latin American Studies

My research is broadly concerned with the relationship between the poetics and the politics of both racist and antiracist discourses. My teaching and research areas, in no particular order, include twentieth and twenty-first century African American, Afro-Latin American, Chicanx, Latinx, Inter-American, and South African literatures; Black radical thought, critical race theory, decolonial theory, and sociology of race and ethnic relations.

My book manuscipt, Colorblind Tools: Global Technologies of Racial Power, traces the traces the racial technology of colorblindness from the Americas to South Africa and from colonial to contemporary texts to argue for the centrality of colonialism to contemporary racial formations and call attention to the power, longevity, and insidiousness of colorblindness. Through the study of Brazilian, Cuban, Mexican, Panamanian, US, and South African texts, I examine colorblindness as a technology, a discourse, a legal doctrine, and a metaphor for the global attempt to naturalize what W.E.B. Du Bois in The Souls of Black Folk (1903) describes as “the colorline,—the relation of the darker races to the lighter races of men in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea.” While it has become doctrine to argue that we are living in a colorblind era or that colorblindness is “the dominant form of racism today,” I contest the understanding of colorblindness as a form of racism and challenge the confinement of colorblindness to an epoch or an event.

COURSE OFFERINGS:

  • Anglophone African Literature
  • Colonial and Postcolonial Literature
  • Ethnic American Literature
  • Race, Place, and Power (University Course)
  • World Literature - Modern
  • Foundations of Literary Study
  • Introduction to Latina and Latino Studies
  • Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis
  • Literature and Analytical Thinking
  • Countering Colorblindness Across the Disciplines (Graduate Seminar)