Professor T. Anansi Wilson is an award-winning scholar of law, literary and cultural studies, a racial-justice strategist and an author of creative nonfiction. Their legal research is situated in legal philosophy, critical theory, political economy and constitutional law. Their writing and scholarship primarily focuses on the history of Black thought, art, and imagination crafted in response to, and resistance against, the social, political and legal realities of domination in the West. They seek to understand the processes of retrenchment after moments of social progress, and how freedom dreams are nevertheless sustained. Wilson’s work analyzes the ever changing relationships between race, law, sexuality, power and citizenship; both in the construction of law and policy and the maintenance of the way we live our lives. They are particularly concerned with fourth, thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth amendment questions. Their teaching interests include criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law, federal criminal civil rights, fourth, thirteenth and fourteenth amendment law, reconstruction, political and civil rights, critical race studies, LGBTQ issues and all areas pertaining to race, law and society.
T. Anansi Wilson employs Critical Race, Black Feminist, Performance and Women & Gender Studies and legal methodologies to examine how instances and (extra) legal precedents of anti-Black violence and racial-sexual terror continue to frame and impact notions of Black being and citizenship. Professor Wilson employs a multidisciplinary gaze to engage the creative, the legal and the literary to uncover an emerging approach to encountering, understanding and extrapolating anti-Blackness as a jurisprudential logic, underpinning and precedent embedded in the constitution, the federalist papers and decisions they inform.
They received their JD from Howard University School of Law and are in the final stages of doctoral candidacy, in African and African Diaspora Studies at UT-Austin.
They were selected as one of BlogHERs 2017 Voices of The Year–as well as a keynote–for their incisive writing. T. Anansi was also recognized in 2012 as one of the “Top 100 Emerging LGBTQ Leaders” by the White House Office of Public Engagement, their work focuses on the intersections and compounded effects of race, law, sexuality and gender in the United States. A zealous advocate for reproductive, racial and sexual justice, Wilson also speaks regularly about HIV criminalization, vulnerability, gender, critical love ethics, afro-pessimism, Black queer theory, racial capitalism, masculinities, humanization and access to power within and across racial-sexual formations.
Wilson has participated in racial-justice dialogues–and was an original member of the National Body Camera Working Group–with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, as well as the Black leaders of the nation’s largest police departments. Their work, keynotes and insights have been featured in publications and organizations such as: The Christian Science Monitor, Mic.com, Cassiuslife, AfroPunk, The Black Youth Project, TheBody.com, The Born This Way Foundation, Oklahomans For Equality, Tulane School of Law, The Huffington Post, Harvard Law, The University of California at Berkeley, Towson University, Georgetown University, The American Studies Association, The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, The Critical Black Studies Reader, Harvard University, Columbia Teachers College, Tufts University, The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Morgan State University, The Potter’s House DC, The Harriet Tubman House (Boston), The Art of Life After, Spontaneous Celebrations, The DC Public Library and Fire & Ink among others.
Howard University School of Law