Jafari Sinclaire Allen is Associate Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies at Yale University, where he works at the intersections of [queer] sexuality, gender and blackness. A recipient of fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council Sexuality Research Program, and Rockefeller Foundation [Diasporic Racisms Project]; he teaches courses on the cultural politics of race, sexuality and gender in Black diasporas; Black feminist and queer theory; critical cultural studies; ethnographic methodology and writing; subjectivity, consciousness and resistance; Cuba and the Caribbean.
Dr. Allen is the author of the critical ethnography, ¡Venceremos?: The Erotics of Black Self-Making in Cuba [Perverse Modernities series of Duke University Press], and editor of Black/Queer/Diaspora– a special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies.
His work can also be found in, for example: American Ethnologist (Volume 39 Number 2); GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies; Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society; Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power; Handbook of Sexuality, Health and Human Rights, edited by Richard Parker and Peter Aggleton, and a number of other publications. Allen is also the author of the introduction– “Crucial Palimpsest: Re-Reading Brother to Brother”– to the Redbone Press edition of Brother to Brother: New Writings By Black Gay Men, originally edited and introduced by Essex Hemphill and conceived by Joseph Beam. His current research project, tentatively entitled Black Queer Here and There, traces cultural and political circuits of transnational queer desire—in travel, tourism, (im)migration, art and activism.