Brandy Monk-Payton

Brandy Monk-Payton

Brandeise_Monk-Payton@brown.edu
Year entered: 2010 

Brandy Monk-Payton is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University and a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow. She received a B.A. in Film and Media Studies from Swarthmore College and a M.A. in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University. Her work has been published in The Black Scholar and Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture. Her essay, “Worship at the Altar of Perry: Spectatorship and the Aesthetics of Testimony” is forthcoming in the edited collection, From Madea to Media Mogul: Theorizing Tyler Perry (University Press of Mississippi). Her dissertation is titled, “Blackness, Celebrity, and the Dark Side of Publicity in Media Culture.”

Research Interests: Television studies; Film studies; U.S. popular culture; Fame and stardom; Race and media representation; Black aesthetics and radical thought; Feminist theory; Theories of the public