- Title Post-Doctoral Associate
- Office Kilachand Hall
- Education BS, Southern University at Baton Rouge
MA, Texas A&M University
MFA, Emerson College
MA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Trent Masiki is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Boston University in the Kilachand Honors College. Concentrating in literary and cultural studies, he earned his Ph.D. in Afro-American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2017. He has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College and an M.A. in English from Texas A&M University. In addition to his degrees, Dr. Masiki has a graduate certificate in African Diaspora Studies and a second one in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies. Although he has taught mostly in the U.S., Dr. Masiki served as a Fulbright Scholar in Panama, teaching literature and expository writing in the English Department at the Universidad Autónoma de Chiriquí. His research interests focus on African American and Latino American literature and culture from 1865 to the present. He has published scholarly articles in College Language Association Journal, MELUS, African American Review, and Short Story Journal. He is the lead co-guest editor of Post-Soul Afro-Latinidades, a forthcoming special issue of The Black Scholar. Afroethnic Renewal: Afro-Latino Memoirs and their African American Influences, his first book, is under contract with the University of North Carolina Press. Afroethnic Renewal aims to open the border between the canons of Latino and African American literature by centering a long, but often neglected, history of African American literary, cultural, and political influences in Latino life writing. Black identity in the U.S., Masiki argues, has always been more transcultural, transnational, and Latino than typically imagined.