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Current Fellows

Post-doctoral Fellow 2017-2018

Susan C. Weeber

Susan Weeber received her MA and PhD in English from Penn State University and her BA in English and Government from Georgetown University. Her research centers on the politics of experimental black diasporic and American literature. Her current book project, Poetics of Interruption: Media and Form in Black Radical Literature, examines 20th- and 21st-century African American and African diasporic literature’s engagement with other media. In chapters on jazz improvisation in Claude McKay’s Banjo, photographic poetics in the works of the Dark Room Collective, cinematic language in CLR James’s and Maya Deren’s cultural criticism, and the cinematic poetry of Danez Smith, Tracie Morris, Tisa Bryant, and Claudia Rankine, Poetics of Interruption argues that experimental black literature’s engagement with other media interrupts, jolts, and slows down our reading process, disorienting readers and thereby changing the ways we read and understand historiography and identity. Susan also writes about race and science fiction, the Haitian Revolution, and Caribbean drama. Like her book project, Susan’s other projects cross disciplinary, national, and generic boundaries to examine our un-interrogated assumptions about literature, race, media, and the humanities. She has taught writing, literature, and African American Studies courses at Penn State, and in spring 2018, she will teach a class on contemporary black literature and visual culture for the University of Rochester


Predoctoral Fellow 2017-2018

Nicholas Brady

Nicholas Brady is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Irvine. He received his BA in Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University and his MA at University of California, Irvine where he is currently a doctoral candidate in the Culture & Theory program. His research focuses on the urban rebellions of the 1960s and how these events were rhetorically used by artists, organizers, and politicians during that time



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