Tao Leigh Goffe is a writer and a dj specializing in the narratives that emerge from histories of imperialism, migration, and globalization.
Dr. Goffe is an assistant professor of literature and cultural history at Cornell University. She received her Bachelor's degree in English from Princeton University in 2009 and PhD in American studies from Yale University in 2015.
Born in London and raised between the UK and US, her interdisciplinary research and practice examines the unfolding relationship between technology, the senses, memory, and nature. DJ’ing is an important part of her pedagogy and research. Film production, sound editing, digital cartography, and oral history are also integral to her praxis. Dr. Goffe has held academic positions at New York University, Princeton University, and Hunter College, CUNY. Her writing has been published in Small Axe, Anthurium, and Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas.
She is at work on two books. The first, A History of Touches: Vernacular Archives of Afro-Asia, explores the poetics and entanglements of African and Asian diasporas in the Caribbean. The second, Pon De Replay: Gender, Sexuality, and DJ Cultures, is a manifesto on black feminist praxis, technology, and nightclub culture. Goffe has extensive experience as a researcher and public speaker. She has undertaken internships in a variety of fields at the United Nations, Merrill Lynch, and the Museum of Chinese in America, in publishing, curating, and social media. Splitting her time between New York, Amsterdam, and London, she also enjoys attending technology roundtable discussions at the Council on Foreign Relations.