John Brooks

John Brooks

John Brooks

Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative Studies; Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts

473 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Rd
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Critical Race Theory and Race
  • Aesthetics
  • Performance Studies
  • Phenomenology
  • The Black Radical Tradition
  • Contemporary Black Literature and Culture


  • PhD Indiana University
  • MA University of South Carolina
  • BS Central Michigan University

John Brooks is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Studies and the Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts. His research and teaching interests include Black creative expression from the 19th Century to the present, radical and experimental aesthetics, performance studies, and the poetics of the Afrofuture. He is the author of The Racial Unfamiliar: Illegibility in Black Literature and Culture (Columbia University Press, “Literature Now” series, 2022). His work has been supported by the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University and the Department of English at Indiana University. Prior to arriving at Ohio State, he was a visiting assistant professor of English at Boston College.