Centers & Research Groups
The Department of English at Rutgers University, New Brunswick has a long-standing history of broad research and teaching in African American, African Diaspora and Global Anglophone Studies. Our faculty has produced a number of profoundly influential works. Our scholarship and teaching build on well established strengths in African American literature, but also, expand to include the postcolonial Caribbean and global Anglophone world – with specific focuses on African, South Asian, and ethnic American literatures. Our faculty studies these regional literatures within local and global contexts, and in comparative relation to one another. This approach yields a number of rich intersections and critical conversations that have promoted new forms of robust intellectual engagement for our graduate students.
Our research interests encompass such diverse areas as diaspora and transnational studies, black internationalism, translation studies, performance studies, black aesthetics, race and psychoanalysis, modernism, black Marxism, subaltern studies, critical feminist discourses, cultural studies, critical race theory, postcolonial studies, history of the book, literary history, world literature, queer theory, and gender and sexuality studies. Our faculty are also affiliated with inter-disciplinary centers at Rutgers, including Critical Caribbean Studies, the Center for African Studies, the Center for Cultural Analysis, the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, the Center for Race and Ethnicity, the departments of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures, Women’s Studies, Africana Studies, Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies and Comparative Literature.
The range of our faculty and program is evident in recent graduate course offerings over the last three years,
Current Graduate Students
Selected Placements and Alumni Accomplishments