Carter Mathes
Associate Professor of English
(848) 932-7947
African-American & Diaspora, Caribbean, Critical Race Studies, Hemispheric, Postcolonial, Sound Studies, Theory, Twentieth Century, Twenty-first Century

African American Literature; Sound Studies; Hemispheric Studies; Literature and Spirituality; Twentieth Century Literature; African Diaspora Studies

Carter Mathes is a specialist in African American Literature, Twentieth Century Literature, and African Diaspora Studies. His first book, Imagine the Sound: Experimental African American Literature After Civil Rights (University of Minnesota Press, 2015) focuses on the relationship between sound and literary innovation during the 1960s and 1970s.  Currently, he is working on a second book, Ecologies of Funk, that examines formations of black radical thought in literature and music as they move between Jamaica and New Orleans during the second half of the twentieth-century. He has published essays in venues including Small Axe, Contemporary Literature, Callaloo, and African American Review. He is associate editor of Resonance: The Journal of Sound and Culture, and book series co-editor of Critical Caribbean Studies (Rutgers University Press).


Associate Director, Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies

Murray Hall, Room 048, College Ave Campus

  • Sound Studies in Theory and Practice
  • Black Novel
  • Priniciples of Literary Study
  • Caribbean literature 1930s-present
  • Black Music and Literature
  • Literature of the Black World
  • The Black Arts Movement
  • Twentieth Century Literature in a Global Context
  • Black Futures
  • Theorizing Sound in the 20th Century Novel
  • Surrealism in the Black Literary Imagination
  • Post-1960’s African American Literary Experimentation
  • Sound in African American Literary and Cultural Practice
  • Caribbean Aesthetics
  • NEH Scholar-in-Residence, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 2008-2009
  • Rutgers SAS Global Opportunity Award, 2008-2009
  • Center for Cultural Analysis Faculty Fellow, "Cultures of Circulation," 2006



PhD, University of California, Berkeley
BA, University of Virginia