University of Minnesota
Department of English

Department of English

Omise'eke N Tinsley


  • African Diaspora literature and theory
  • Caribbean literature and theory
  • postcolonial literature and culture
  • transnational feminist literature and theory
  • poetry and poetics
  • comparative queer literature and theory
  • métissage and comparative studies of race

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 2003.


  • Thiefing Sugar: Reading Erotic Geographies of Caribbean Women Who Love Women. Tinsley, Natasha, Duke University Press, Author, forthcoming.
  • Desiring the Blue Lagoon: Sea Crossings and Fluid Identities in Caribbean Literature. Tinsley, Natasha, Author, forthcoming.
  • “Black Atlantic, Queer Atlantic: Imagining the Middle Passage as Queer Borderwaters.: Tinsley, Natasha, GLQ: A Special Issue on Queer/Migration, 14: 2/3 , forthcoming.
  • “What is a Uma?: Women Performing Gender and Sexuality in Paramaribo, Suriname.“ : Tinsley, Natasha, University of Virginia Press, Sexuality in Paramaribo, Suriname.“ Sex and the Citizen: Interrogating the Circum-Caribbean., 2008.
  • “No Storm to Blow Me Over? Mapping Same-Sex Sexuality in the Other Americas.“: Tinsley, Natasha, Macmillan, Perspectives on the “Other America“: Comparative Approaches to Caribbean and Latin American Literature. , 2008.
  • ““˜Rose is My Mama, Stanfaste is My Papa’: Hybrid Landscapes and Sexualities in Surinamese Women’s Oral Poetry.“ : Tinsley, Natasha, University of Virginia Press, Caribbean Literature and the Environment, 2005.
  • “Mati.“ : Tinsley, Natasha, Greenwood Publishing Group, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore, 2005.
  • Open Roses, Closed Gardens, and Invisible Women: Queering the Tropical Garden in the Poetry of Ida Salomon Faubert: Tinsley, Natasha, Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme: Women and the Black Diaspora, 23(2), 23.2 , 2004.
  • “Mati and Mangoes: Metaphors that theorize woman-woman desire in Joanna Werners’ Amba: Vrouw van het Surinaamse erf.“ In Janus at the Millennium: Perspectives on Time in the Culture of the Netherlan. Tinsley, Natasha, Lanham, MD: University Press of America, Author, 2004.


  • President’s Multicultural Grant, University of Minnesota, 2007 - 2009
  • McKnight Summer Fellow, University of Minnesota, 2006

Courses Taught

  • Theorizing Currents, Practicing Fluidity: An Introduction to Modern Literary Theory
  • Strange Pasts and Twisted Histories: An Introduction to Global LGBT Literature
  • Fluid Identities: Postcolonial, Queer, and Postcolonial Queer Identity
  • Committed Literature in the Feminine: Postcolonial Theory and Third World Women’s Literature
  • Rewriting Colonial Fictions: British and Postcolonial Literature
  • Shadow Lines: (Dis)Locating Postcolonial Fictions
  • Introduction to "Third World" Literatures in English
  • Multicultural Literatures and Cultures
  • Post-Colonial Literatures
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