Director, York College Honors Program
Degree Institution Field Dates PhD Rutgers University Literature 2006 MA Florida International University Literature 2001
Kelly Baker Josephs, Associate Professor of English, specializes in World Anglophone Literature with an emphasis on Caribbean Literature. She teaches courses in Anglophone Caribbean Literature, Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Literatures of the African Diaspora, and Gender Studies. Her book project, "Disturbers of the Peace: Representations of Insanity in Anglophone Caribbean Literature," considers the ubiquity of madmen and madwomen in Caribbean literature between 1959 and 1980.
Professor Josephs is Director of the York College Honors Program and Editor for sx salon: a small axe literary platform (www.smallaxe.net/sxsalon).
- Areas of Expertise:
- Anglophone Caribbean Literature
Postcolonial Literature and Theory
Literatures of the African Diaspora
- Articles in Field Of Expertise:
Josephs, Kelly Baker. "Dreams, Delirium, and Decolonization in Derek Walcott’s Dream on Monkey Mountain." Small Axe. 32 July 2010: 1-16.
Josephs, Kelly Baker. "Dissonant Desires: The Queer Politics of a Jamaican Accent." Mosaic. 42.2 June 2009: 158-170.
Josephs, Kelly Baker. "Telling Ancient Narratives with New Media: The Art of Christian Usera." Voces del Caribe. 1.1 Spring 2009: 23-39.
Josephs, Kelly Baker. "Ventriloquising the Caribbean: Interview with Staceyann Chin." Jamaica Journal. 30.3 Spring 2009: 28.33.
Josephs, Kelly Baker. "Versions of X/Self: Kamau Brathwaite’s Caribbean Discourse." Anthurium. 1.1 2003: .
Josephs, Kelly Baker. "Edward Brathwaite." Literary Encyclopedia. March 2009: .
Josephs, Kelly Baker. "Toi Derricotte." The African American National Biography. New York: Oxford University Press. 2008: .
- Non Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise:
Josephs, Kelly Baker. "Introductions." sx salon. 1-7 November 2009-December 2011: .
- Chapters in Field Of Expertise:
Josephs, Kelly Baker. "The Necessity for Madness: Negotiating Nation in Sylvia Wynter’s The Hills of Hebron." The Caribbean Women Writer as Scholar. Eds. Carole Boyce Davies and Keshia Abraham. Coconut Creek, Fl: Caribbean Studies Press. 2009: 179-204.
Josephs, Kelly Baker. ""Claiming an Identity They Taught Me to Despise" and "Michelle Cliff"." The Facts on File Companion to World Poetry: 1900 to the Present. 2008: 109-112.
- Reviews in Field Of Expertise:
""What She Said" (Review of Conversations with Paule Marshall)" November 2011: .
""All in the Family” (Review of Our Caribbean, Ed. Thomas Glave) Caribbean Review of Books" November 2008: 18-19.
"“Going Home to Teach” (by Anthony Winkler) Caribbean Journal of Education" September 2008 (Vol 30.2): 424-428.
"“The Rainmaker’s Mistake” (by Erna Brodber) Callaloo" Summer 2008 (Vol 31.3): 938-941.
- Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances:
" Beyond Geography, Past Time: Sketching a Caribbean Cosmology " April 2011: Symposium: What is Caribbean Studies, Yale University.
" SHORT TALK: Jane Bryce and Kelly Josephs on Caribbean literary journals " April 2011: The Bocas Lit Fest, Trinidad.
" ‘Communal Purgation’?: Religion, Poverty and Mob Violence in Brother Man and The Children of Sisyphus " May 2010: Caribbean Studies Association Annual Conference, Barbados.
" Forgetting to Forget: Soucouyant and the Topography of the Migrant’s Mind " May 2010: 29th Annual West Indian Literature Conference, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.
" Representing the Spirit of Violence and the Violence of Spirit in Andrew Salkey’s A Quality of Violence " April 2010: “Let the Spirit Speak” conference, City College/CUNY.
" Conversation with Che Usera " April 2010: MARASSA 2010 (A series of events organized by Kamau Brathwaite), New York University.
" Madness and Migration in the New Millennia " April 2010: Center for Africana Studies, Johns Hopkins University.
" Kamau Brathwaite and the Development of a Caribbean Aesthetic from Elsewhere " March 2010: The National Black Writers’ Conference, Medgar Evers College/CUNY.
" Nation and Neuroses: Paule Marshall's 'Mad Mis-Merle' and the Ramifications of Representation " March 2009: Center for Africana Studies, Johns Hopkins University.
" Displaced Subjects, Displacing Sexuality: The Outsider as Corrupting Influence in the Caribbean " May 2008: CSA Annual Convention, New York University.
" Afrofuturism From a Caribbean Past: The Local Orientation of a Black World Vision " April 2008: Theorizing Blackness Conference, CUNY Graduate Center.
" Religious Exchange: Anti-colonial Appropriations of God " february 2008: Provost Lecture Series, York College/CUNY.
" Troubling Troubled Waters: Makeda Silvera’s Queering of the Maternal Romance " April 2007: CEA Annual Conference, New Orleans.
" Manias and Messiahs: The Madness of Miguel Street " March 2006: ACLA Annual Convention, Princeton University.
- Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships:
Mellon Seminar Fellowship, Center for the Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center - "Freedom": 2011-12.
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Africana Studies, Johns Hopkins University: 2008-09.
Faculty Fellowship Publication Program Fellow, CUNY: Spring 2008.
Seminar Fellowship – “Archaeologies of Black Memory” University of Miami: Summer 2007.
Center for the Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center, Funded Seminar, “Caribbean Epistemologies”. Fall 2010 to present: .
PSC-CUNY Grant, Research Foundation of CUNY, Funding to complete revisions on book manuscript, "Disturbers of the Peace". 2011-2012: .
Diversity Projects Development Fund Grant, CUNY, Funding to expand discussion forum in sx salon: a small axe literary platform. Spring 2011: .
PSC-CUNY Grant, Research Foundation of CUNY, Funding to visit the Derek Walcott archive in Trinidad, WI. 2010-11: .
Diversity Projects Development Fund Grant, CUNY, SX Salon (Funding to support building an online Caribbean journal). Spring 2010: .
PSC-CUNY Grant, Research Foundation of CUNY, Funding to visit the V. S. Naipaul archive in Tulsa, OK. Spring 2008-09: .
- Other Professional Activities and Public Service:
Editor, sx salon: a small axe literary platform: Spring 2010 - Present.
Managing Editor, Small Axe: Fall 2007 - Summer 2012.
Editorial Advisory Board member, Voces del Caribe: Spring 2007 - Present.
Reviewer, 1) Signs; 2) European Journal of Women’s Studies: .