Robert Reid-Pharr appointed to the Graduate Center
Robert Reid-Pharr 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, 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, 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 his next work, tentatively entitled Once You Go Black: Desire, Choice and Black Masculinity in Post-War America, a study of African-American cultural and intellectual history in late twentieth-century America. Most recently on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University, Professor Reid-Pharr received his Ph.D. in American studies from Yale University. He has been awarded fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.