Dr. Daphne Brooks
Daphne is a professor of African American Studies, Theater Studies, American Studies, and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Yale, where her work focuses primarily on the intersection of black feminism and performance.
“Daphne is a visionary thinker, a beloved teacher, and an important voice for social justice in these dark times.”
– Gayle Wald, nominator
Name: Daphne Ann Brooks
Birthplace: Redwood City, CA
IG or Twitter Handle: old school – no real social media presence
What woman in your life has been the greatest source of inspiration to you? I come from a culture that celebrates collectives and communities – so it’s the women rather than one woman – who’ve shaped my world: my mother, the retired teacher who left the Jim Crow south w/ my dad to start a new life in CA; my aunt who came before her and lived a life of community service; my sister, who became a Bay Area cultural icon & role model; my academic mentors – Dr. Valerie Smith, Dr. Gabrielle Foreman, Dr. Farah Griffin; my fellow feminist scholars: Dr. Gayle Wald, Dr. Sonnet Retman and so many others – we inspire each other every day!
What does it mean to be extraordinary? We might think about the power of the extra – to lift us up out of complacency, out of despondency, out of the ordinary – to make us feel more and see the world anew.
How do you hope to inspire the next generation of women? I hope my work as a black feminist cultural critic touches readers and students in a way that reminds them of how powerful and transformative music, theater, literature – the arts can be. Expressive forms allow us to rehearse ways to articulate how the world might be - how it ought to be. They are the forms that enable us to engage in speculative dreaming.
What motivates you to do your extraordinary work?
- a riveting performance
- a song that stops me in my tracks
- a film that keeps me up at night
- a book that creates a whole new universe
- my students who are THE FUTURE – our best HOPE
Shop Daphne's sweater here!
Machine wash cold. Wash and dry with like colors. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low. Warm iron as needed.
This product will be available to ship mid to late October.