Ph.D. New York University
Keith M. Harris is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and the Department of Media and Cultural Studies. He received his PhD in Cinema Studies from New York University. His areas of specialization include film, African-American and Africana Cinema, African American and contemporary visual culture and visual rhetoric, gender studies and queer and performance theory. However, his current research and writing interests concern, as well, masculinity, performance and gender(s) as ethical constructs within performance and cultural production. Forthcoming publications include the manuscript The Rhetoric of Race and the essays, “Is Black Film Dead?,” “Black Crossover Cinema,” and “The Burden of the Beautiful Beast: Visualizations of the Black Male Body.” His recent publications include “Killer of Sheep” in Fifty Key American Films (Routledge 2009); “‘That Nigger’s Crazy’: Richard Pryor, Racial Performativity, Cultural Critique” in Richard Pryor: The life and legacy of a “crazy” black man (Indiana University Press 2008); “Clockers (Spike Lee 1995): Adaptation in Black” in The Spike Lee Reader (Temple University Press 2008); “In the life on the down low: where’s a black gay man to go?” (http://www.beyondmasculinity.com) (2008); “Boyz, Boyz, Boyz: New Black Cinema and Black Masculinity,” in The Persistence of Whiteness: Race and Contemporary Hollywood Film (Routledge 2007); “‘Stand up, boy’: Sidney Poitier, ‘Boy,’ and Filmic Black Masculinity” in Gender and Sexuality in African Literatures and Films (Africa World Press 2007); Boys, Boyz, Bois: An Ethics of Masculinity in Popular Film, Television and Video (Routledge 2006); and “‘Untitled’: D’Angelo and the visualization of the black male body” in Wide Angle (2004).