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Kelly Baker Josephs
Position: Professor, York College, English
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center|York College
Room Number: 4405
Office Hours: By appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD Rutgers University
Research Interests: Caribbean Literature/Studies, Digital Humanities, editing, digital storytelling
Specialization: African American Literature and Literary Theory|Digital Humanities, Textual, and Media Scholarship|Literature after 1945|Postcolonial, Transnational, and Global Literature and Theory|Twenty-first-Century and Contemporary Literature
Kelly Baker Josephs specializes in Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Digital Humanities. Josephs was the 2016-17 Sterling Brown Professor of Africana Studies at Williams College and a Scholar-in-Residence at the NYPL Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (Spring 2019). Her book, Disturbers of the Peace: Representations of Insanity in Anglophone Caribbean Literature (2013), considers the ubiquity of madmen and madwomen in Caribbean literature between 1959 and 1980. She is currently working on two book projects: a collection co-edited with Roopika Risam for the Debates in the Digital Humanities series, titled The Digital Black Atlantic, and a monograph, titled Caribbean Articulations: Storytelling in a Digital Age, that explores the intersections between new technologies and Caribbean cultural production. Josephs is the editor of sx salon: a small axe literary platform [] and manages The Caribbean Commons website.
Scholarship/Select Publications
Disturbers of the Peace: Representations of Insanity in Anglophone Caribbean Literature
(Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, October 2013).
“‘Kingston Full of Them’: Madwomen at the Crossroads” in Madness in Anglophone Caribbean Literature: On the Edge, Eds. Bénédicte Ledent, Evelyn O’Callaghan, and Daria Tunca (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018):19-38.
Teaching the Digital Caribbean: The Ethics of a Public Pedagogical ExperimentThe Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy 13 (June 2018).
“Handling with Care: Handling with Care: On editing, invisibility, and affective labor” Special section on “What is Journal Work” Small Axe no. 50 (July 2016): 98-105.

Special edited journal issue: The Work of Paule Marshall Today [], Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal 14.1 (Spring 2017).
Special edited journal issue: The Caribbean Digital [], co-eds Kaiama L. Glover and Alex Gil, sx archipelagos: a small axe journal of digital practice 1 (May 2016).
Special edited journal section: The Brathwaite Effect [] (special section with three interviews and co-edited bibliography). sx salon: a small axe literary platform. 27 February 2018.