Research Interests: Race, gender, sexuality, and American culture; 19th- and 20th-century literature; African-American literature and poetics; film studies.
Theory Group Field Specialization: African American Writings and Poetics|Literary History, Criticism, and Theory
Robert Fitzgerald Reid-Pharr, who joined the doctoral faculty in September 2010, brings an important perspective on African-American literature and queer theory to the Graduate Center. His first book, Conjugal Union: The Body, The House, and The Black American (1999), is a study of nationhood, domesticity, the black body, and gender in antebellum African-American literature and culture. His second book, Black Gay Man: Essays (2001), explores his own emotional and intellectual confrontations with the modern world. As the 2002–03 research fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, he spent the year in Berlin working on Once You Go Black: Choice, Desire, and the Black American Intellectual (2007), a study of African-American cultural and intellectual history in late twentieth-century America.
Reid-Pharr’s numerous articles and reviews have appeared in, among others, American Literature, American Literary History, Callaloo, Afterimage, Small Axe, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Women and Performance, Social Text, Transition, Studies in the Novel, the African American Review, and Radical America. Grants from the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Humboldt Foundation have supported his research and writing. Reid-Pharr holds a B.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in Afro-American studies and a Ph.D. in American studies from Yale University.