Dr. Kristy McMorris is the Academic Director of the Bard Early College at the HCZ Promise Academy. Dr. McMorris holds a B.A. in English from Howard University as well as an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University. Dr. McMorris has taught at New York University and Hunter College. In 2009, she joined the faculty of Bard Early College, teaching at Bard High School Early College in Queens, New York, and she is currently the Academic Director of the Bard Early College at Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy. Her areas of research include African-American and Caribbean Literature and postcolonial and feminist critical approaches to texts.