Faculty Profiles: Rachel Mordecai
Rachel Mordecai has a BA from Brandeis University, an MA from the University of the West Indies, and a PhD from the University of Minnesota. Her primary areas of teaching and research interest are Caribbean literature and African Diaspora literature. Beyond these, her research interests include multicultural American literature; literature and ethnography; and autobiography and testimonio. SShe has published on Peter Tosh’s iterations of black citizenship, Lawrence Scott’s amnesiac white creole women, and figurations of blackness in Margaret Cezair-Thompson and Robert Antoni; she has an essay forthcoming on teaching gender in Kamau Brathwaite. Her current book project, tentatively titled “Tropes of Belonging”: Citizenship and the 1970s in Jamaican Literature, investigates questions of citizenship in the turbulent context of 1970s Jamaica through an examination of literary and other cultural texts.