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Mariel Rodney

Assistant Professor of Literature

Mariel Rodney is an interdisciplinary scholar of African American literature and performance. She is currently at work on her first book manuscript, which examines how writers and performers alike imagine political and creative routes to freedom and “newness” in the 19th and 20th century.

Her research interests include Afro-Caribbean intellectual traditions, sound and music studies, and the “modern” novel. Her most recent work explores the Harlem Renaissance and Afro-Caribbean women in depth by centralizing the histories of lesser known artists and activists.

As an avid teacher and mentor, Rodney has developed courses in and lectured on American literature, music, and culture at Columbia University, the City University of New York, and Princeton University. She is the recipient of two fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

She first joined the literature faculty at Purchase College in 2014–15 as a part-time lecturer.