Tzarina Prater

  • Associate Professor, English and Media Studies
  • Ph.D. Rutgers University
  • M.A. Rutgers University
  • B.S. University of Southern Maine
  • A.S. Bay State College

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Asian American Studies Present
  • Modern Language Association Present
  • Awards and Honors

  • , 2013 Falcon Awards, Bentley University
  • Publications

    Journal Articles


  • Prater, T. (2022). 'The Treachery of Images, The Violence of Narrative'. Small Axe/Duke University Press.
  • Prater, T. (2021). Easton Lee: Performing Nation. The Literary Encyclopedia. Forthcoming.
  • Prater, T. (2020). 'Always Together': A Digital Diasporic Elegy. SX Archipelagos. (Link)
  • Prater, T. T. (2015). "'Look Pon Likkle Chiney Gal': Tessanne Chin, The Voice, and Digital Caribbean Subjects". Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, (12) 1 Article 11, 24 pp. (Link)
  • Prater, T. (2014). "Labrish and Mooncakes: The Meeting of Vernaculars in the Work of Easton Lee". Small Axe: a Caribbean Platform for Criticism, (18:1) 43 pp. 149-160.
  • Prater, T. (2014). "'We are Jamaicans. We are Brothers': History, Brotherhood, and Independence in Kerry Young's Pao". Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, (11) 2 (Link)
  • Prater, T. (2013). "Forgetting to Remember: The Performance of Memory and History in John O. Killens' The Cotillion: or One Good Bull is Half the Herd". Journal of African American Studies.
  • Prater, T. (2012). "Transgender, Memory, and Colonial History in Patricia Powell's The Pagoda". Small Axe: A Caribbean Platform for Criticism, (37)

    Book Chapters


  • Fung, C., Prater, T. (2015). “ ‘How does it not know what it is?’: The Techno-Asian Body in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and Larissa Lai’s Automaton Biographies." In David Roh, Betsy Huang, Greta Niu, (Eds.) Techno-Orientalism: Imagining Asia in Speculative Fiction , History, and Media. Rutgers University Press (Link) Forthcoming.
  • Prater, T. (2012). "'Him favor mad. Him favor prophet': Reimagining the Sacred in Michelle Cliff's No Telephone to Heaven" In , (Eds.) Let Spirit Speak! Cultural Journeys Through the African Diaspora. Albany: State University of New York

  • Book Reviews


  • Prater, T. T. (2016). [Review of the book Things That Fly in the Night: Female Vampires of the Circum-Caribbean and African Diaspora ]. MELUS Multi Ethnic Literature of the United States, (41) 2
  • Prater, T. (2012). [Review of the book The Difficulties of Independence: Chinese Jamaican Identity in Kerry Young's Pao ]. Small Axe: A Caribbean Platform for Criticism, (9) Durham, North Carolina:
  • Prater, T. (2012). [Review of the book Exceptional Violence: Embodied Citizenship in Transnational Jamaica ]. Melus, (37) 4
  • Prater, T. (2010). [Review of the book 'Papa had to die to set us free' - Book Review The Fullness of Everything ]. SX Salon: A Small Axe Literary Platform, (2) New York: (Link)

  • Presentations

  • Prater, T. T. (2021). “Equity in Diversity and Inclusion” Presented at the City University of New York Faculty Fellowship Publication Program New York
  • Prater, T. T. (2021). “Transformative Learning: Black Love as Pedagogical Principle” Presented at the City University of New York Transformative Learning in the Humanities New York
  • Prater, T. (2020). “"Keywords for Caribbean Studies"” Presented at the Barnard College and Columbia University The Caribbean Digital VII
  • Prater, T. (2020). “"Meet Me in Cyberspace: Theorizing Production and Reception of Textual Forms in the Digital Age"” Presented at the NMLA Northeast Modern Language Association Boston, MA
  • Prater, T. (2019). “Decolonizing Race, Gender and Social Movements” Presented at the York University Decolonization, Performance and Social Movements in the Caribbean and Canada 1968-1988 Toronto, Canada
  • Prater, T. (2019). “Nang by Nang (2018): A Conversation with Richard Fung” Presented at the Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Nang by Nang (2018): A Conversation with Richard Fung New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Prater, T. T. (2018). “'Always Together': A Digital Diasporic Elegy” Presented at the Barnard College, Columbia University, and the University of West Indies, St. Augustine The Caribbean Digital Trinidad and Tobago
  • Prater, T. T. (2018). “The Children of Dragons and Shopkeepers: National and Genealogical (Un)Certainty” Presented at the University of Miami West Indian Literatures Conference Miami, Florida
  • Prater, T. T. (2018). “Grief and Mourning in the Poetry of Hannah Lowe, Ann-Margaret Lim, and Staceyann Chin” Presented at theAssociation of Asian American Studies San Francisco, California
  • Prater, T. T. (2017). “"We mek do, mek do: Race, Gender, Nation, and Digital Platform"” Presented at the University of Wellington Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Wellington, New Zealand
  • Prater, T. T. (2017). “"Hostility and Love in the Poetic Topographies of Hannah Lowe and Ann-Margaret Lim"” Presented at the University of West Indies West Indian Literatures Conference St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Prater, T. T. (2016). “Chinese Jamaican Identity and Digital Diaspora: Negotiating YouTube and Nation” Presented at the Association for Asian American Studies Association for Asian American Studies Conference Miami, Florida
  • Prater, T. (2016). Presented at the Lick-Wilmerding High School "Get in Formation: Understanding The Politics of Beyoncé's Performance" San Francisco, CA
  • Prater, T. T. (2016). “Negotiating National Identity in a Digital Diaspora” Presented at the University of West Indies - Mona West Indian Literatures Conference Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Prater, T. T. (2016). “Multimedia Melting Pots” Presented at the Columbia University and Barnard College Caribbean Digital New York, New York
  • Prater, T. T. (2015). “" 'Look Pon Likkle Chiney Gal':Tessanne Chin and Digital Caribbean Subjects"” Presented at the Northeast Modern Language Association Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference Toronto, Canada
  • Prater, T. T. (2014). “'Look Pon Likkle Chiney Gal': Tessanne Chin, The Voice, and Globalized Caribbean Identities” Presented at the Columbia and Barnard Universities The Caribbean Digital New York
  • Prater, T. T. (2014). “The Voice, Globalized Caribbean Identities and Nationalisms” Presented at the University of Shanghai Global Studies Conference Shanghai, China
  • Prater, T. T. (2014). “'Chinita Goodaz': Tessanne Chin, The Voice and the Popularization of Chinese Jamaican Identity” Presented at the University of Hong Kong Fashion in Fiction Conference Hong Kong
  • Prater, T. (2013). ““Mapping Jamaican Identity on YouTube: Digital Diaspora and the Case of ‘Hakka Chinese Jamaican’” ” Presented at the University of West Indies 32nd Annual West Indian Literatures Conference College of the Bahamas
  • Aslinger, B. S., Prater, T. (2013). “"YouTube C’yan Done": Networked Jamaican Reggae, Performance, and Genre ” Presented at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music International Association for the Study of Popular Music biannual conference Gijon, Spain
  • Aslinger, B. S., Prater, T. (2013). “Networked Jamaican Reggae: Recording, Performance and Race in a Transnational Music Industry” Presented at the International Communication Association International Communication Association London, UK
  • Prater, T. T. (2013). ““Techno-Orientalism in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner“ ” Presented at the Inter-Disciplinary.net Global Monstrosities Conference Prague, Czech Republic
  • Prater, T. T. (2013). ““‘Uncle law was in force’: Chinese Masculinity and Jamaican Nationalism in Kerry Young’s Pao”” Presented at the Association of Asian American Studies Association of Asian American Studies Conference Seattle, WA
  • Fung, C., Prater, T. (2013). ““The Techno-Asian Body in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and Larissa Lai’s Automaton Biographies”” Presented at the Northeast Modern Languages Association (NeMLA) Northeast Modern Languages Association (NeMLA) Annual Conference Boston, MA
  • Prater, T. T. (2012). “"'We are Jamaicans. We are brothers": The Language of Brotherhood and Independence in Kerry Young's Pao"” Presented at the University of Miami 31st Annual West Indian Literature Conference Miami, FL
  • Prater, T. T. (2012). “"Labrish and Mooncakes: The Meeting of Vernaculars in the work of Easton Lee"” Presented at theAssociation of Asian American Studies Conference Washington, D.C.
  • Prater, T. T. (2012). “"Pidgin and Patois: the Meeting of Vernacular Traditions in the Work of Easton Lee"” Presented at the Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Eastern American Studies Association Conference New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

  • R4G: Retire that Bladerunner, A New Lesbian Life Awaits You, (2016).
  • Service

    Department Service


  • Committee Member for Evaluation Committee 2019 - Present
  • Committee Member for Curriculum Committee 2016 - Present
  • Committee Member for Research Committee 2016 - Present
  • Coordinator of the English Major for English and Media Studies Department 2016 - Present
  • Committee Member for EMS Subcommittee 2011 - Present
  • Committee Member for Literature and Film Committee 2011 - Present
  • Facilitator and Interviewer for Creative Writers Forum 2021 - 2021
  • Committee Chair for Search Committee - Critical Race and Ethnic Studies 2019 - 2020
  • Mentor (Faculty) for Val Wang 2019 - 2019
  • Committee Chair for Search Committee Communications Hire 2017 - 2018
  • Committee Member for Search Committee for Digital Media Scholar 2013 - 2014
  • University Service


  • Committee Member for Student Experience Committee 2021 - Present
  • Committee Member for Faculty and Staff of Color 2011 - Present
  • Committee Member for LGBT Committee 2011 - Present
  • Committee Member for Bentley Research Council 2020 - 2023
  • Committee Member for Diversity Designator Committee 2020 - 2022
  • Special Institutional Assignment for Ad Hoc group to generate parameters for "Creative Capstones" for the Honors Program 2019 - 2020
  • Committee Member for Ad Hoc committee to Commemorate the work of Toni Morrison 2019 - 2019
  • Guest Speaker for Faculty and Staff of Color - 2012
  • Guest Speaker for LGBT Committee Faculty Lecture Series - 2012
  • Guest Speaker for Faculty and Staff of Color - 2012
  • Professional Service


  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer for Government of Canada/Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council 2021 - Present
  • Member for Caribbean As Method 2020 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of West Indian Literatures 2017 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Atlantic Studies 2016 - Present
  • Committee Member for International Conference on Narrative 2014 2013 - 2014