Kyla Wazana Tompkins is an Associate Professor at Pomona College, joint appointed to the Program in Gender and Women’s Studies and the Department of English. She is a former journalist, food writer and restaurant critic who has written for the Globe and Mail, the San Francisco Chronicle, Xtra Magazine and 7x7. Her scholarly writing has appeared in Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters, Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, and the Journal of Food, Culture and Society. She has recently contributed blog posts to the NYU Press blog From The Square (here, and here) as well as Social Text’s Periscope section, as part of a group response to Lauren Berlant’s Cruel Optimism.
Kyla is currently working on four articles that loosely explore vital materialism and political transformation in the work of Herman Melville and Martin Delany, biopolitics and Jim Crow in Joel Chandler Harris, a strange little story by Louisa May Alcott and another on hapticity and and the queer ethics of care in Afro-Canadian artist and pornographer David Findlay’s work. She has also begun writing her second book, tentatively titled So Moved.
She is the co-editor, with Marcia Ochoa (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Sharon Holland (Duke University) of a forthcoming special issue of GLQ: Gay and Lesbian Quarterly entitled On The Visceral (click on link for cfp).
In 2012-2013 Professor Tompkins was a fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. 2013 will see the launch of a book series with NYU Press of which she will be sole managing editor. The series is entitled Ecologies of Consumption: Cultures of Food, Hunger and Appetite.