Tina Post


Tina Post's work is preoccupied with racial performativity, especially (though not exclusively) the ways that black Americans perform racial identity. What modes of embodiment assert belonging or dis-belonging, and how? When do racialized subjects confirm and when do they subvert the expectations of their identitarian positions, and to what end? How do other factors of embodiment (gender, dis/ability, hybridity, and so forth) color these performances? She approaches such questions primarily through the lenses of affect and performance studies, using literature, visual culture, fine art, theater, and movement as examples and objects of study.

Tina's current book project, Deadpan Aesthetics in Black Expressive Culture, charts the interplay between black performances of withholding and their interpellations by black, white, and Asian interlocutors. Correcting the persistent cast of African American aesthetics as colorful, loud, humorous, and excessive, she asserts that the performance of purposeful withholding plays a critical role in the work of black culture makers throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and she focuses attention on when, how, and under what conditions artists find inexpression to be a useful tactic or desirable aesthetic approach. Deadpan, she finds, is a malleable and capacious register—a surface quiet that marshals genre, material surroundings, and movement in order to affect its audience.

Her creative writing preoccupations are similarly concerned with the effects of formal/performative decisions in communicating—or in failing to communicate—one’s position, identity, or view. She is particularly interested in nonfiction writers’ experimentation with nontraditional essay structure—that is, in the utilization of literary devices more commonly associated with poetic form.


Andrei Pop
Andrei Pop
Modern Art and Aesthetics
Department Chair
CWAC 162 | Tuesdays 1-2pm or by appointment.
Niall Atkinson
Niall Atkinson
Medieval and Renaissance Architecture and Urban History
CWAC 260
Wei-Cheng Lin
Wei-Cheng Lin
Chinese Art and Architecture
Architectural Studies Advisor
CWAC 268 | Office Hours: Wednesdays 9-10am and 12-1pm
Iowa State University
Assistant Professor, East Asian Art and Architecture
Potters Wheel
Richard Neer
Ancient Greek Art and Architecture
CWAC 259
Megan Sullivan
Megan Sullivan
Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art
CWAC 272