Anastasia Kārkliņa is a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate Program in Literature, with certificates in African-American studies and feminist theory. Anastasia's research and pedagogical interests include twentieth-century Black literature and cultural theory. She has taught undergraduate classes in literary and cultural studies, including seminars on black radicalism and African-American creative nonfiction, the history of racial surveillance, and the politics of post-racialism.
Her current work examines black utopianism and abolitionist visions of the future in black-authored speculative texts, including fiction and visual art. Tentatively titled "Abolitionist Futures: Black Political Imagination at the End of the World," the dissertation asks: can there be a world without race? If so, how have black cultural workers conjured up such futures? And, what is the relation of black utopianism to theories of political change? Objects assembled in this project theorize political possibilities through the imagination of the impossible: the end of the racial world as we know it.
Anastasia holds a B.A. in African and African-American Studies and Political Science also from Duke University.