Samantha Pinto, 2021–22

Under the Skin

Delta Delta Delta Fellowship; William J. Bouwsma Fellowship, 2021-22

Associate Professor of English, The University of Texas at Austin


Pinto, Samantha

Samantha Pinto is associate professor of English and affiliated faculty of African & African diaspora studies and women’s gender studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Difficult Diasporas: The Transnational Feminist Aesthetic of the Black Atlantic (NYU Press, 2013) and Infamous Bodies: Early Black Women’s Celebrity and the Afterlives of Rights (Duke University Press, 2020). She also coedited Writing Beyond the State (Palgrave, 2020) with Alexandra S. Moore, and coedits the Duke University Press book series “Black Feminism on the Edge” with Jennifer Nash. She is currently working on a third book, Under the Skin, on race, embodiment, and scientific discourse in African American and African diaspora culture, as well as a book of essays on feminist ambivalence.

Selected Publications

Infamous Bodies

  • Pinto, Samantha. “On the Skin: Mary Prince and the Narration of Black Feeling in the Early Nineteenth Century.” Early American Literature 56, no. 2 (2021): 499-529.
  • Pinto, Samantha. Infamous Bodies: Early Black Women’s Celebrity and the Afterlives of Rights. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2020.
  • Pinto, Samantha, and Alexandra S. Moore. Writing Beyond the State: Post-Sovereign Approaches to Human Rights in Literature and Culture. Palgrave Studies in Literature, Culture and Human Rights. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2020.
  • Pinto, Samantha. “Objects of Narrative Desire: An Unnatural History of Fossil Collection and Black Women’s Sexuality.” Journal of Narrative Theory 49, no. 3 (2019): 351-81.
  • Pinto, Samantha. Difficult Diasporas: The Transnational Feminist Aesthetic of the Black Atlantic. New York: New York University Press, 2013. William Sanders Scarborough Prize Winner, 2013.
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