Skip navigation
University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

English Department

Faculty Profiles: Rachel Mordecai

Contact Information:

283 Bartlett Hall
Amherst, MA 0l003
p: 413-545-2975
f: 413-545-3880

Associate Professor

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 teaching and research interests include Caribbean and African Diaspora literature, multi-cultural American literature, popular literature and culture of the Caribbean, and autobiography and life-writing. She 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 book, Citizenship Under Pressure: The 1970s in Jamaican Literature and Culture, appeared from the University of the West Indies Press in 2014.

Courses taught include:

  • Engl 132 Gender, Sexuality, Literature and Culture
  • Engl 200 Intro to Literary Studies
  • Engl 300 (JYW) Caribbean Women Writers
  • Engl 372 Caribbean Literature
  • Engl 491 Autobiography of the Americas
  • Engl 494 Pulp Caribbean
  • Engl 791 Intro to Caribbean Literature
  • Engl 892 Theories and Problems of Caribbean Identity
  • Engl 891 Caribbean Family Sagas.

Areas of Specialization: African, African American, & African Diaspora Studies, American, Atlantic, & Hemispheric Studies, Colonial, Postcolonial, & Transnational Studies, 20th Century and Contemporary Literature