Randi Kristensen

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Randi Kristensen

Assistant Professor of Writing - On Sabbatical


Office Phone: (202) 631-2042
Ames Hall 2100 Foxhall Road, NW, Office 231 Washington DC 20007

Randi Gray Kristensen is a member of the University Writing Program faculty, and affiliate faculty in the Africana Studies Program, and the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. She currently serves as the faculty mentor to Posse 5. She is co-convener of the University Seminar on Black Women's and Girl's Health. Her research concentrates on the arts of resistance and creativity that sustain Black peoples of the African Diaspora.

Humanities Center Fellowship, The George Washington University, 2021-22

Summer Research Fellowship, Black Film Center/Archive, Institute for Advanced Studies, Indiana University, 2019.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Fellowship: Arts of Survival: Recasting Lives in African Cities. Institute for Advanced Studies, Indiana University, 2016.

WID and inclusionary pedagogies, marronage in Black women's circum-Caribbean literatures, disaster capitalism and failed humanitarianism in the circum-Caribbean.

UW1020: Africa and the African Diaspora

UW1020: Art and Revolution

UW1020: Radically Rewriting America

AFST1001.10: Intro to Africana Studies

WSTU3170W/UW2020W.80: Black Women in the 21st Century

CCAS3001: Independent Study: Research in African Literatures

CCAS3001: Independent Study: Fairy Tales as Discourse

Selected academic:

Review: Queering the Black Atlantic Canon: Anton Nimblett’s Re-creationss/x salon. February 2022.

with Phyllis Mentzell Ryder and Dolsy Smith, “Writing as a Way of Knowing: Teaching Epistemic Research Across the University.” Teaching Information Literacy and Writing Studies, Vol. 2, Upper Level and Graduate Courses. Purdue Information Literacy Handbooks. Ed. Grace Veach. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2019, p. 3-16.

"DC Cab"; "Get on the Bus"; "Life of a King." World Film Locations: Washington DC. Ed.Queering the Black Atlantic Canon: Anton Nimblett’s Re-creations. Katherine Larsen. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2014.

with Ryan Claycomb, eds. Writing Against the Curriculum: Anti-disciplinarity in the Writing and Cultural Studies Classroom. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009.

“From Things Fall Apart to Freedom Dreams: Black Studies and Cultural Studies in the Composition Classroom.” In Writing Against the Curriculum. pp. 173-83.

Selected creative:

“Miss Peaches” (fiction). Gargoyle #71, 2020, p. 63.

“Pride Goeth” (memoir). What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Poets and Writers Spill Their Worst Reading Experiences. Ed. Richard Peabody. Arlington, VA: Paycock Press, 2019, pp. 24-27.

“Routings” (fiction). Gargoyle 40th Anniversary Issue. 2016, p. 165.

"Somewhere is Summer" (poem). A River of Stories, Vol. 2, Ed. Alice Curry. London: The Commonwealth Education Trust, 2016, pp. 137-138.

“Air.” (prose poem) Caribbean Erotic. Eds. Opal Palmer Adisa and Donna Aza Weir-Soley. Leeds, UK: Peepal Tree Press, 2010. 217-219.

“Look Out” (short story). Electric Grace: Still More Fiction by Washington Area Women, Ed. Richard Peabody. Arlington, VA: Paycock Press, 2007. 195-210.

“Breathing Lessons” (memoir) Under Her Skin: How Girls Experience Race in America. Ed. Pooja Makhijani. Emeryville, CA: Seal Press, 2004. 177-192.

“Randi Gray Kristensen.” Interviewed by Edward Baugh. Islands and the Mainland. July 1991; Released April 2003. 23 Nov. 2003. 

“Randi Gray Kristensen: Interview.” On Women Turning 30: Making Choices, Finding Meaning. Ed. Cathleen Rountree. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2000.

 “Before the End,” “What We Do When We Meet,” “Somewhere is Summer,” (poetry) in Creation Fire: An Anthology of Caribbean Women Poets. Toronto: Sister Vision Press, 1989.

Ph.D. English (2000). Louisiana State University
M.F.A. Fiction (1993), Louisiana State University
B.A. Sociology (1982), Georgetown University