Keary Watts is a Ph.D. candidate, a Franke Graduate Fellow at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, and a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the Searle Center for Advanced Learning and Teaching. He is working on a dissertation that tracks and theorizes the political and historiographic potential of “strategic re-deployment,” or the purportedly anti-racist incorporation of nineteenth-century blackface minstrel conventions by minoritarian theatre artists in the contemporary era. He is an Auburn University (B.A.) and Washington University in St. Louis (M.A.) alum.