Henry Washington, Jr. is a PhD Candidate in the Program in Modern Thought & Literature, and a PhD minor candidate in both the Department of Theater & Performance Studies and the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His research explores how Black expressive cultures trouble the historical record’s oft misrepresentation and erasure of anti-Black violence in the past. He is at work on a dissertation, “Laboring Dead: Murder Mystery in the African American Intellectual Tradition, 1865-1965,” that bolsters this aim by analyzing how Black writers in the century after legal Emancipation reckoned with the unredressed, state-sanctioned, (un)gendering anti-Black murder that continually subtends capitalist democracy in the afterlife of slavery, but is routinely disappeared. His academic writing appears in Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory.
Henry earned his B.A. (cum laude, with high honors) in English and African & African American Studies from Duke University in 2017 and his M.A. in English from Stanford in 2020.