Jared Sexton

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Professor, African American Studies
School of Humanities
Professor, Film & Media Studies
School of Humanities
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Ethnic Studies
M.A., University of California, Berkeley, Ethnic Studies
B.A., University of New Hampshire, History | Economics
Phone: (949) 824-8739
Fax: (949) 824-7006
Email: jcsexton@uci.edu
University of California, Irvine
3000 Humanities Gateway
Mail Code: 6850
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Critical Theory, Race & Sexuality, Coalition Politics, Contemporary U.S. Cinema
Academic Distinctions
Clark Art Institute Beinecke Fellow
Fulbright Distinguished Lecturing Chair
Marquis Who's Who in America
National Academies Ford Foundation Fellow
National Science Foundation Fellow
Eugene Cota-Robles Fellow
Phi Beta Kappa Society
University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow

7) Black Men, Black Feminism: Lucifer's Nocturne (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

6) Black Masculinity and the Cinema of Policing (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

5) "Nothing/More: Black Studies and Feminist Technoscience," w/ C. Visperas & K. J. Brown. Catalyst 2:2 (2016)

4) "Race and the Variations of Discipline," w/ T. Nopper & J. Vargas. Critical Sociology 36:1 (2010)

3) Racial Theories in Context (Cognella Publishing, 2010, 2013)

2) Amalgamation Schemes: Antiblackness and the Critique of Multiracialism (University of Minnesota Press, 2008)

1) "New Approaches to Race," w/ H. Copeland. Qui Parle 13:2 (2003)


49) "An Exchange of Faiths: The Cinema of William Greaves." William Greaves: Psychodrama, Interruption, and Circulation, organized by Fia Backström and Martine Syms, Princeton University, February 21 (2020)

48) "Affirmation in the Dark: Racial Slavery and Philosophical Pessimism." The Comparatist 43 (2019)

47) “The Devil's Choice: Slavery and the Logic of the Vel.” Esoteric Lacan: Occult Drives of Capitalist Divinities in Postcolonial Times, eds. Philipp Valentini & Madhi Tourage (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019)

46) “Take No Interest.” Cultural Critique 103 (2019)

45) “The Resentment of (Black) Politics.” Alienocene, Strata IV (2019)

44) “The Flash of History: On the Unwatchable in Get Out.” Unwatchable, eds. Nicholas Baer, Maggie Hennefeld, Laura Horak, Gunnar Iversen (Rutgers University Press, 2019)

43) “Race, Class, and Masculinity in Bing Liu’s Minding the Gap.” Docalogue, January (2019)

42) “The World Love Jam.” The Immanent Frame, June 20 (2018)

41) “Abolition Terminable and Interminable.” Revisiting Slavery and Antislavery: Towards a Critical Analysis, eds. Laura Brace & Julia O’Connell Davidson (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

40) "Migrating the Black Body: The African Diaspora and Visual Culture (review)." CAA Reviews, May 9 (2018)

39) "Ça: Were It Constituted as a Question," Qui Parle 26:2 (2017)

38) “Mixed-Race.” The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Race, eds. Linda Martin Alcoff, Luvell Anderson & Paul Taylor (Routledge, 2017)

37) "On Black Negativity, or the Affirmation of Nothing," Society & Space, September 18 (2017)

36) "Hold Everything Black," Open Space, September 6 (2017)

35) "Black Like Me: A Reply to Zadie Smith." Harpers, September (2017)

34) “The Rage: Closing Thoughts on Dana Schutz’s Open Casket.” contemptorary, May 21 (2017)

33) "All Black Everything." e-flux #79 (2017)

32) "The Subject of Film and Race (review)." Discourse 38:3 (2017)

31) "Afro-Pessimism: The Unclear Word." Rhizomes 28 (2016)

30) “Derelictum Ex Nihilo: Origins and Beginnings in The Blind Side.” Football, Culture and Power, eds. David Leonard, Kimberly George & Wade Davis (Praeger, 2016)

29) “Skin Acts: Race, Psychoanalysis and the Black Male Performer (review).” philoSOPHIA 6:1 (2016)

28) "Unbearable Blackness." Cultural Critique 90 (2015)

27) “Roundtable on Anti-Blackness and Black-Palestinian Solidarity.” Jadaliyya, June 22 (2015)

26) "Don't Call it a Comeback: Racial Slavery is Not Yet Abolished." openDemocracy, June 17 (2015)

25) "The Vel of Slavery: Tracking the Figure of the Unsovereign." Critical Sociology [online] December (2014); Printed in Critical Sociology 42:4-5 (2016)

24) "Radical Will." Artforum International 52:4 (2013)

23) “Under a Bad Sign by Jonathan Munby, and: If We Must Die by Aimé J. Ellis (review).” African American Review 46:1 (2013)

22) “More Serious than Money: On Diff’rent Strokes and Webster.” African Americans on Television: Race-ing for Ratings, eds. David Leonard & Lisa Guerrero (Praeger, 2013)

21) “HIV/AIDS Inequality: Structural Barriers to Prevention, Treatment, and Care in Communities of Color.” Center for American Progress (2012)

20) "Ante-Anti-Blackness: Afterthoughts." Lateral Issue 1 (2012)

19) "The Social Life of Social Death: On Afro-Pessimism and Black Optimism." InTensions 5.0 (2011); Revised and reprinted in Time, Temporality and Violence in International Relations, eds. Anna Agathangelou & Kyle Killian (Routledge, 2015)

18) "Wild Notes." How Sweet the Sound, Darryl Taylor [CD Booklet] (Naxos Records, 2011)

17) "'Life with no hoop': Black Pride, State Power." Commodified and Criminalized: New Racism and African Americans in Contemporary Sports, eds. Richard King & David Leonard (Rowman & Littlefied, 2011)

16) "People-of-Color-Blindness: Notes on the Afterlife of Slavery." Social Text 28:103 (2010)

15) "African American Studies." A Companion to American Studies, ed. John Carlos Rowe (Blackwell, 2010)

14) "The Curtain of the Sky: An Introduction." Critical Sociology 36:1 (2010)

13) "Proprieties of Coalition: Blacks, Asians, and the Politics of Policing." Critical Sociology 36:1 (2010); Reprinted in Ethical Confrontations with Antiblackness: Africana Studies in the Twenty-First Century, eds. Tryon Woods & Khalil Soucier (Africa World Press, 2016)

12) "The Ruse of Engagement: Black Masculinity and the Cinema of Policing." American Quarterly 61:1 (2009)

11) "Captivity, By Turns: A Comment on the Work of Ashley Hunt." Art Journal 66:3 (2007)

10) "Racial Profiling and the Societies of Control." Warfare in the Homeland: Policing and Prison in a Penal Democracy, ed. Joy James (Duke University Press, 2007)

9) "The Obscurity of Black Suffering." What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race and the State of the Nation, eds. South End Press Collective (South End Press, 2006)

8) "Figuring the Prison: Prerequisites of Torture at Abu-Ghraib." Antipode 38:5 (2006)

7) "Race, Nation and Empire in a Blackened World." Radical History Review #95 (2006)

6) "Fields of Fantasy and the Court of Appeal: On Friday Night Lights and Coach Carter." Visual Economies in/of Motion: Sport and Film, eds. Richard King & David Leonard (Peter Lang Publishing, 2006)

5) "Raw Life: An Introduction." Qui Parle 13:2 (2003)

4) "Race, Sexuality, and Political Struggle: Reading Soul On Ice." Social Justice 30:2 (2003)

3) "The Consequence of Race Mixture: Racialised Barriers and the Politics of Desire." Social Identities 9:2 (2003)

2) "The Avant-garde of White Supremacy." Social Identities 9:2 (2003)

1) "There Is No Interracial Sexual Relationship: Race, Love, and Sexuality in the Multiracial Movement." Problems of Resistance: Studies in Alternate Political Cultures, eds. Steve Martinot & Joy James (Humanity Books, 2001)
UCI Faculty Career Development Grant
UCI Humanities Center Collaborative Project Grant
Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant
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