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Fred Moten

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Fred Moten is Professor in the Department of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts. He holds an A.B. from Harvard and a Ph. D from the University of California, Berkeley.

Moten teaches courses and conducts research in black studies, performance studies, poetics and critical theory. He is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003); Hughson’s Tavern (Leon Works, 2009); B. Jenkins (Duke University Press, 2010); The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions, 2014), The Little Edges (Wesleyan University Press, 2015), The Service Porch(Letter Machine Editions, 2016) and a three-volume collection of essays whose general title is consent not to be a single being (Duke University Press, 2017, 2018). Moten is also co-author, with Stefano Harney, of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (Minor Compositions/Autonomedia, 2013) and A Poetics of the Undercommons (Sputnik and Fizzle, 2016) and, with Wu Tsang, of Who touched me? (If I Can’t Dance, I Don't Want to be Part of Your Revolution, 2016). Moten has served on the editorial boards of Callaloo, Discourse, American Quarterly and Social Text; as a member of the Critical Theory Institute at the University of California, Irvine; on the board of directors of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, City University of New York; and on the advisory board of Issues in Critical Investigation, Vanderbilt University.

Prior to joining the NYU faculty, Moten served on the faculties of the University of Iowa, the University of California, Santa Barbara, the University of California, Irvine and the University of Southern California. In addition, Moten was the inaugural Helen L. Bevington Professor of Modern Poetry at Duke University and Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. Moten has been the Whitney J. Oates Fellow in the Humanities Council and the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University, the Sherry Memorial Visiting Poet at the University of Chicago and a Visiting Artist at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College. In 2016 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Stephen E. Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry by the African American Literature and Culture Society. In 2014, Moten’s The Feel Trio was a poetry finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was winner of the California Book Award; and in 2016 his The Little Edges was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.

Education

University of California - Berkeley

Ph.D. 

Berkeley, California

 

Harvard University

A.B.

Cambridge, Massachusetts 

Areas of Academic Interest

• Black Study

• Poetics

• Critical Theory

• Music

• Visual Culture

Awards and Distinctions

• Stephen E. Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry, African American Literature and Culture Society, 2016.

• John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 2016.

• Sherry Memorial Visiting Poet, University of Chicago, 2016.

• Finalist, The Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, 2015 (The Little Edges).

• Gold Medalist in Poetry, California Book Award, 2014 (The Feel Trio).

• Poetry Finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, 2014 (The Feel Trio).

• Poetry Finalist, National Book Award for Poetry, 2014 (The Feel Trio).

• Whitney J. Oates Fellow in the Humanities Council and the Center for African

• American Studies, Princeton University, Spring, 2012.