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Alexis Charles
Graduate Student, Program in Modern Thought & Literature

Alexis Charles is a doctoral candidate in the Modern Thought & Literature program at Stanford. Her dissertation examines creative representations of the future in pop culture texts that reimagine prominent moments and symbols in black cultural history. Analyzing late twentieth-century and twenty-first century book and CD album covers, science fiction and children’s literature, music videos, and oral histories, Charles considers how these works form the basis of an “Afrofuturist” artistic canon. Through her analysis she develops a theory of Afrofuturism as cultural memory that integrates the analysis of race, sexuality, gender, and class in possible futures. Charles was awarded a Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence Fellowship, 2013-2015 through the Stanford University Vice Provost for Graduate Education.