Postdoctoral Fellows

Jasmine Moore, Masters candidate in English. (Michael Mercier/UAH).

Jasmine Moore

2024–2026 Postdoctoral Fellow, English
PhD in English, University of California, Riverside

Jasmine A. Moore specializes is Black Speculative Fiction and Cultures from the Afrodiaspora. She will receive her PhD in English from the University of California, Riverside in June 2024. She hails from the south suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Having received her M.A. in English at the University of Huntsville in Alabama and B.A. from HowardUniversity, Jasmine’s work focuses on the intersections of race, gender, class consciousness, and critical utopias and applied utopian strategy as it relates to the critical nature of Black speculative fiction’s ability to work through trauma. Her current project, Disaster and Possibility: Reclaiming Time in AfroHorror Aesthetics, focuses on the lesser traveled road of AfroHorror and AfroSurrealism as cathartic tools that crack open past and present experiences of trauma in order to contemplate avenues of resistance against the legacies of White supremacist-late capitalist logic while offering therapeutic alterity. Black creatives engage Horror as a “working through” space that challenges the material conditions and archival losses/erasures of Black subjectivity.

In film, literature, and real life, Jasmine’s work explores how Black people are often depicted as stereotypically monstrous boogeymen; AfroHorror exposes the monstrosity of “civilized society” by telling stories from the margins. Jasmine’s writing has been published in a variety of presses that are dedicated to conversations around the deeply critical and timely messages of Black speculative cultures. She has published in the Routledge Handbook of Co-futurisms and Liquid Blacks: the Journal of Blackness and Aesthetics. Jasmine has also been invited to participate in talks around AfroHorror, having presented as a discussant for the screening of Candyman (2021) hosted by SPOOKS: A Black Horror Film Series in collaboration with UCRArts.