Frederick Moten

Professor, Associate Chair

Fred Moten

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), a three-volume collection of essays whose general title is consent not to be a single being (Duke University Press, 2017, 2018) and All that Beauty (Letter Machine Editions, 2019). 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.

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

2020 MacArthur Fellow

• Stephen E. Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry, AfricanAmerican 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.