Tavia Nyong’o is a Kenyan-American cultural critic, historian and performance studies scholar.
He is currently an Assistant Professor of Performance Studies at New York University where he teaches courses on black diaspora performance, cultural studies, social and critical theory.
Nyong’o received his B.A. from Wesleyan University. He then received a Marshall Scholarship to study at the University of Birmingham. In 2003, he received his Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale, where he studied under the mentorship of Paul Gilroy and Joseph Roach. Nyong’o was the 2004 runner-up for the Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Award given by the American Studies Association annually for the best doctoral dissertation written in the field of American Studies. His book, The Amalgamation Waltz, will appear in 2009.
In addition, Nyong’o has published articles in The Nation, the Yale Journal of Criticism, Social Text, Theatre Journal, GLQ, and Women and Performance. He has written on racial kitsch, televised politics, “afro” punk aesthetics, and on African-American historical memory.