Danielle Fuentes Morgan is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Santa Clara University. She specializes in African American culture in the 20th and 21st centuries and is interested in the ways that literature, popular culture, and humor shape identity formation. She has written a variety of both scholarly and popular articles and has been interviewed on topics as varied as Black Lives Matter, the dangers of the “Karen” figure, The Twilight Zone, race and sexuality on the Broadway stage, and Beyoncé. Her research and teaching reflect her interests in African American satire and comedy, the arts as activism, and the continuing influence of history on contemporary articulations of Black selfhood. Her first book, Laughing to Keep from Dying: African American Satire in the Twenty-First Century, was published in November 2020 by University of Illinois Press and addresses the contemporary role of African American satire as a critical realm for social justice.


Ph.D. — Cornell University (2016)

M.A. — North Carolina State University (2011)

M.A.T. — Duke University (2006)

B.A. — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2005)


Laughing to Keep from Dying: African American Satire in the Twenty-First Century

“Song as Shadow and Substance in Toni Morrison’s ‘Recitatif’ and Stew’s Passing Strange

“The Queer of Color and AIDS Performance at the End of the Millennium”

“Visible Black Motherhood is a Revolution”

“Looking Forward, Looking Back: Afrofuturism and Black Histories in Neo-Slave Narration”

“Post What?: The Liminality of Multi-Racial Identity

“‘It’s a Black Thang Maybe’: Satirical Blackness in Percival Everett’s Erasure and Adam Mansbach’s Angry Black White Boy


Black Uncanny and the Limits of Laughter

“Apocalyptic Laughter: A Black Lady Sketch Show and Satire as the World Ends”

“‘It’s a Simulation, Van’: The Uncanniness of Black Womanhood in Atlanta

“Revolutionary Self-Making in 21st-Century Black Satire”

“Reframing and Reappropriating Blackness in 1980s Satire”

“‘I’m a Ghost in These Killing Fields’: Fetishism and the Tupac Shakur Hologram”

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