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Mariel Rodney

Associate Professor of Literature

Mariel Rodney is an interdisciplinary scholar of Literature. Her research interests include American and Black diasporic literary, performance, and visual cultures. Her teaching profile spans literature of the Americas and the Caribbean, examining histories of race, gender, and sexuality. 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 most recent work explores Afro-Caribbean women’s traditions 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.