Tao Leigh Goffe, Ph.D.

Tao Leigh Goffe (she/her/hers) is a London-born, Black British writer, theorist, and interdisciplinary artist who grew up between the UK and New York. Specializing in colonial histories of race, climate, and sound technology, Dr. Goffe is writing a book called AFTER EDEN on how the climate crisis is a racial crisis (Doubleday and Hamish Hamilton (Penguin UK)). She lives and works in Manhattan. Her work explores Black diasporic intellectual histories, political, and ecological life. She is a member of NEW INC, an incubator for art and technology led by the New Museum in New York City. She studied English literature at Princeton University before pursuing a PhD at Yale University.


Dr. Goffe’s research and curatorial work is rooted in literatures and theories of labor that center Black feminist engagements with Indigeneity and Asian diasporic racial formations. Much of her artistic and sound design practice examines the bedrock of colonial histories.  Tao has provided screenwriting consultation for screenplays, TV show development, and has been an expert legal witness on histories of Black and Asian race relations for court cases. Her life story was featured as the subject of an episode of Hulu’s Your Attention Please, Initiative 29, a television show that celebrates Black creatives and futures on the 29th of each month.


Committed to building intellectual communities beyond institutions, she is the founder of the Dark Laboratory, an engine for the study of race, technology, and ecology through digital storytelling (virtual reality (VR) augmented reality (AR) (XR)). Dr. Goffe is also the Executive Director of the Afro-Asia Group, an organization that centers the intersections of African and Asian diasporas, futurity, and solidarities.


An avid home cook, she gives lectures on food histories at museums and has led corporate cooking demos. From aubergine curry to jerk snapper to vegan Jamaican patties, her recipes have been published in various collections and cookbooks. Tao documents her cooking experimentation on ‘Gastropoetics of Tao’ her Instagram account @taoleighgoffe. She tweets @taoleighgoffetaoleigh@gmail.com