Brandy Monk-Payton

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

Brandy Monk-Payton is a 2016-2017 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Film and Media Studies and the Leslie Center for the Humanities. She obtained her Ph.D. in Modern Culture and Media at Brown University where she was a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow and Graduate Fellow at the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. Her dissertation, “Dark Optics: Blackness, Public Exposure, and Celebrity Image in Television and New Media Culture,” focused on the visibility and visuality of racial blackness as exemplified by crises of screen representation within contemporary entertainment fame. Her work has been published in the journals Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture and The Black Scholar as well as featured in the edited collection From Madea to Media Mogul: Theorizing Tyler Perry. Her research interests include TV Studies, Black Studies, U.S. public and popular culture, as well as critical and cultural theory.

B.A. Swarthmore College
M.A. New York University
Ph.D. Brown University