Katrina Sellinger (she/her) is a PhD candidate in English & Cultural Studies at McMaster University. She received her MA in English Language & Literatures from the University of British Columbia and her BA with a Combined Honours in English and Gender & Women's Studies from Dalhousie University. Katrina is interested in black cultural production throughout the diaspora and has guest-edited an issue of The Capilano Review on "the work of words" for black creators with Emmanuelle Andrews. Her current research project looks at racial passing in African American literature, film, and memoir from the 19th to 21st century. Unlike most scholarship on racial passing that centers light-skinned black or mixed-raced figures passing as white, her approach insists that we explicitly decenter whiteness in our engagement with passing in order to more fully explore what passing might do for black people. Katrina’s research is funded by a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier award.
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