Robert F. Reid-Pharr

Fellow: Awarded 2016

Field of Study: Literary Criticism

Competition: US & Canada

Robert F. Reid-Pharr is Distinguished and Presidential Professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York where he directs the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC). One of the country’s leading scholars of African American literature and culture, Reid-Pharr works to disrupt narrow conceptual and disciplinary boundaries as he examines the interconnections between discourses of race, gender, class, and sexuality. His major works include: Conjugal Union: The Body, the House, and the Black American (Oxford University Press, 1999); Black, Gay, Man: Essays (New York University Press, 2001); and Once You Go Black: Choice, Desire, and the Black American Intellectual (New York University Press, 2007). His writing has appeared in American Literary History, American Literature, Small Axe, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Women and Performance, Social Text, Transition, Studies in the Novel, Callaloo, The African American Review, Art in America, and Feminist Formations, among many other places.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Yale University, Reid-Pharr has been the recipient of research awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. He is a member of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars and has been the Barbara and Carlisle Moore Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Oregon; the Drue Heinz Visiting Professor of American Literature at Oxford University; the Edward Said Visiting Professor of American Studies at the American University of Beirut; and the Sara and Jess Cloud Distinguished Visiting Professor of English at the College of William and Mary. His Guggenheim Fellowship will support completion of his current project, Archives of Flesh: African America, Spain, and Post-Humanist Critique, which is forthcoming from the New York University Press. He lives in Brooklyn.

Photograph credit: photograph by Paula Vlodkowsky, courtesy of Media Relations, the Graduate Center, CUNY