Camille Owens

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Camille Owens is a PhD candidate in African American Studies and American Studies. She received a BA in History and Literature and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Harvard in 2013. Her areas of research include nineteenth-century racial science, performances of blackness and disability, and the history of childhood. Her dissertation, ‘Blackness and the Human Child: Race, Prodigy, and the Logic of American Childhood,’ traces a genealogy of black prodigy performances from the eighteenth century to the twentieth, examining scientific and popular intersections of race and child-development as measures of the Human.


History of childhood, critical race studies, black feminist thought, disability studies, theater and performance, history of science, cultural history, intellectual history, critiques of humanism