Maia L. Butler has a Ph.D. in Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she lives with her beloved husband, teenaged daughter, and watermelon loving cat. In Fall 2017, she will be the Assistant Professor of African American Literature at University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She teaches literature and writing and is the founding Vice President of the Edwidge Danticat Society. Her research addresses diaspora, migration, and home in the works of Africana women writers. She is also the founding moderator of an active online #AcWri community, and involved in mentoring and consulting on academic writing, teaching, and professional development, with a commitment to supporting those most often marginalized within academia.
The term migratory subjects is one that Carol Boyce Davies defines in her work Black Women, Writing, and Identity: Migrations of the Subject, and illustrates that black women's writing has been transgressing boundaries just as their subjectivities do. My work on postnational conceptions of identity and community is informed by Davies' thinking.