Sonya Donaldson

sonyaMaternal Fantasies and Transnational Bodies: Reconstructing Afro-German Identity in the Diaspora

Sonya Donaldson is assistant professor of World Literature at New Jersey City University. Her book project, Reunification and Its Discontents, examines Afro-German identity in the post-reunification era. Her research interests include twentieth- and twenty-first century African American and African Diasporic literature, with a focus on migration narratives and globalization; speculative fiction; and digital humanities. Her current digital humanities project, “Lift Every Voice: The Biography of an (Ex)Poem,” traces the development of James Weldon Johnson’s poem; examines the way in which it was transformed into song; and explores its influence on a black national and diasporic consciousness.