Bryan Wagner, Visiting Professor from UC Berkeley, SoSe 2022
Bryan Wagner is Professor in the English Department and American Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on African American expression in the context of slavery and its aftermath, and he has secondary interests in legal history and vernacular culture. His books include Disturbing the Peace: Black Culture and the Police Power after Slavery (Harvard University Press, 2009); The Tar Baby: A Global History (Princeton University Press, 2017); The Wild Tchoupitoulas (33 1/3 Series, Bloomsbury, 2019); and The Life and Legend of Bras-Coupé: The Fugitive Slave Who Fought the Law, Ruled the Swamp, Danced at Congo Square, Invented Jazz, and Died for Love (Louisiana State University Press, 2019). He has also co-edited a collection of critical essays, Looking for Law in All the Wrong Places (Fordham University Press, 2019), and is founding director of the multidisciplinary digital archive, Louisiana Slave Conspiracies (https://lsc.berkeley.edu/). He is currently writing a book, The People's Court: Law and Performance from Slavery to the Civil Rights Movement, that reconstructs a period-bound demotic tradition of minor jurisprudence.