Michelle A. Stephens
Professor of English
African-American & Diaspora, Gender & Sexuality, Postcolonial, Theory, Twentieth Century & Contemporary

Caribbean, American, Black Diaspora, Women and Gender Studies, Psychoanalytic Theory, Critical Race Theory

Michelle Stephens joined the Departments of English and Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick in Spring 2011. Originally from Jamaica, West Indies, she graduated from Yale University with a Ph.D. in American Studies and teaches courses in African American, American, Caribbean and Black Diaspora Literature and Culture. She is the author of Black Empire: The Masculine Global Imaginary of Caribbean Intellectuals in the United States, 1914 to 1962(Duke University Press, 2005) and Skin Acts: Race, Psychoanalysis and the Black Male Performer(Duke University Press, 2014), in which she uses both psychoanalysis and the study of race as a discourse to analyze select performances of four twentieth-century black actors and singers. She also co-edited a special issue of the Radical History Review, “Reconceptualizations of the African Diaspora” (Jan 2009) and is currently co-editing a collection on “Archipelagic American Studies: Decontinentalizing the Study of American Culture” with Brian Russell Roberts. She is a member of the editorial collective of the Radical History Review, the editorial advisory board of Rowman and Littlefield’s Rethinking The Island book series, and a series co-editor of Rutgers University Press’s Critical Caribbean Studies book series

Murray Hall, Room 008, College Ave Campus

  • Caribbean Literatures in English
  • The American Novel in a Global Context
  • Global Desires: Race, Sex and Modernity in Literature
  • Black American Literature
  • New World Literature, 1450-1850
  • Race and Psychoanalysis (Fall 2011, Spring 2016)
  • Archipelagic American Studies (Spring 2013)
  • Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ), 2009
  • Honorable Mention Award, for RHR #103
  • Colgate/ NEH Endowed Associate Professorship in the Humanities (2006-2007)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Stipend (Summer 2002)
  • Asian/Pacific/American Studies Course Development Grant (Summer 2001)
  • 5 College CISA Fellowship Award (1999-2001)
  • Whiting Fellowship, Yale University (1996-1997)
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook Ward Melville Valedictorian Award (1990-1991)
  • American Studies Association
  • Modern Language Association
  • Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society
  • William Alanson White Institute Sullivan Society for Psychoanalytic Candidates
  • Special issue of the Radical History Review, "Reconceptualizations of the African Diaspora (Jan 2009)

PhD and MPhil, Yale University
BA, State University of New York at Stony Brook