Department of Africana Studies

Dadland Maye

Mellon Postdoctoral Research Associate
Research Interests Gender and Sexuality, Caribbean Studies

Biography

Dadland Maye (Ph.D., the Graduate Center, CUNY, 2020) is a Mellon Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Africana Studies and the Cogut Institute for the Humanities. He specializes in Queer Social Justice Movements, Africana Studies, the Caribbean, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. His book manuscript, “The Making of a Queer Caribbean: Grassroots, Dancehall, and Literary Advocacy (1975–2015)” analyzes literature, dancehall music, and grassroots organizations as three significant social justice movements that have engendered the history of the LGBTQ Caribbean. He is also working on a book of essays, “Erotic Testimonials, Hallelujah!”, that draws on his erotic experiences in Jamaica and the U.S. as didactic diasporic testimonies. The essays highlight that gay sex and sexuality have functioned as productive movements in disabling internalized racism, legacies of religious violence, and cultural homophobia. In conjunction with his writing, he rigorously attends to self-care through exercising, world traveling, and erotic self-awareness. As he sees it, these diverse embodiments of self-love are glory-centered articulations that nurture the urgency of diasporic solidarity and social justice.