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Marquis Bey

Assistant Professor of African American Studies

Ph.D. Cornell University

Research Interests:

Black Feminist Theorizing
Transgender Studies
Critical Theory
Contemporary African American Literature


Marquis Bey's work focuses on Blackness and fugitivity, transness, and Black feminism. He is particularly concerned with modes of subjectivity that index otherwise ways of being, utilizing Blackness and transness—as fugitive, extra-ontological postures—as names for such otherwise subjectivities. His first book, Them Goon Rules: Fugitive Essays on Radical Black Feminism, is a collection of creative nonfiction essays weaving together the personal, the vernacular, and the scholarly. The various essays put forth a meditation on Blackness and Black feminism that departs from general identitarian understandings and moves toward conceptions of fugitive being. Fashioning fugitive Blackness and feminism around a line from Lil’ Wayne’s “A Milli,” Them Goon Rules is a work of “auto-theory” that insists on radical modes of thought and being as glimpsed through Blackness and nonnormative genders.

His second book, Anarcho-Blackness: Notes Toward a Black Anarchism, is a brief, pamphlet-like text theorizing what might be considered Black anarchism. He uses the prefixal "anarcho-" as the crux for articulating the spirit, as it were, of anarchism throughout aspects of the Black Radical Tradition.

Bey is currently at work on a book manuscript on Black trans feminism.


Selected Publications:

Anarcho-Blackness: Notes Toward a Black Anarchism. Chico, CA: AK Press, 2020. (Under contract)

Them Goon Rules: Fugitive Essays on Radical Black Feminism. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 2019.

“Black Fugitivity Un/gendered.” The Black Scholar 49, no. 1 (2019).

“Other Ways to Be: Trans.” Women and Language 41, no. 1 (2018).

“Pitch Black, Black Pitch: Theorizing African American Literature.” CR: the New Centennial Review 18, no. 1, (2018).

Co-authored with Kai M. Green. “Where Black Feminist Thought and Trans* Feminism Meet: A Conversation.” Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society 19, no. 4 (2017).

“The Trans*-Ness of Blackness, the Blackness of Trans*-Ness.” TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 4, no. 2 (2017).

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