Tenisha McDonald

Doctoral Candidate
Department of African American Studies & Departments of English

Tenisha McDonald is a Ph.D. candidate in the Departments of English and African American American Studies at Princeton University. Working at the intersection of affect studies, Black studies, and the medical humanities, Tenisha’s dissertation examines the ways in which affective registers of knowledge animate Black women’s healing traditions in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her research aims to delineate the reparative capacities of Black literature in the field of medicine. Prior to attending Princeton, Tenisha earned a B.A. in English from Cornell University and an M.A. in English from Queens College CUNY. In addition to her intellectual life at Princeton, Tenisha is the founder of Writer’s Ink NYC and serves as a School Board member for a private school in New York City.