Tao Leigh Goffe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Africana Studies, Cornell University
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Term 2015-2016

Tao Leigh Goffe is an assistant professor of literary theory and cultural history. She has a joint appointment between the Department of Africana Studies and Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Cornell University. She is also a writer and a DJ specializing in the narratives that emerge from histories of imperialism, migration, and globalization.

She received her Bachelor's degree in English from Princeton University in 2009 and PhD in American Studies from Yale University in 2015. She has held research positions at Princeton University, New York University, and Leiden University in the Netherlands. 

At the intersections of the environmental humanities and science and technology studies, her interdisciplinary research and practice examines the unfolding relationship between technology, the senses, memory, and nature. DJ’ing is an important part of her pedagogy and research. Film production, sound editing, digital cartography, and oral history are also integral to her praxis. Her writing has been published in Small AxeAmerasia Journal, and Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas.

She is at work on a book on the ecological poetics and entanglements of the Caribbean plantation.  Her second project is a manifesto on digital technology, black feminist praxis and DJ culture called Pon De Replay.