Danielle Roper

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the College

In her book manuscript “Hemispheric Blackface: Impersonation and Multiculturalism in the Americas,” Danielle Roper develops the concept of hemispheric blackface to name a network of impersonation in the Americas and to uncover the function of blackface performance in societies organized around discourses of mestizaje. Her work argues that blackface is a racial signifier that floats across borders, moves through time and space, and is transmitted across traditions of embodied practice. The book is a multi-sited study linking the Andes, Atlantic, Anglophone Caribbean, and United States, and combines visual and textual analysis with ethnographic methodologies.

Roper, who is originally from Kingston, Jamaica, is a faculty affiliate in the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago. She graduated with a PhD in Spanish and Portuguese and an MA in performance studies from New York University, and received a BA in Hispanic studies (cum laude) from Hamilton College. Previously she was a Provost’s Career Enhancement Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago. She also completed a Core Curriculum Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship at New York University.

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