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  • Rich Blint

    Assistant Professor of Literature; Program Director of Race and Ethnicity


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    Rich Blint


    Rich Blint is a scholar, writer, and curator. He is assistant professor of Literature in the Department of Literary Studies, director of the Program in Race and Ethnicity, and affiliate faculty in Gender Studies. He is co-editor of a special issue of African American Review on James Baldwin (2014), and wrote the introduction and notes for the eBook Baldwin for Our Times: Writings from James Baldwin for a Time of Sorrow and Struggle (Beacon Press 2016).

    Upcoming books include A Radical Interiority: James Baldwin and the Personified Self in Modern American Culture, and A Queer Spirit: Incidents in the Life of the Americas. He is also editor of the forthcoming Cambridge volume African American Literature in Transition, 1980-1990, and Approaches to Teaching the Works of James Baldwin, currently under preparation for the Modern Languagae Association. His writing has appeared in African American ReviewJames Baldwin Review, Anthropology NowThe Believer, McSweeney's, sx visualities, and the A-Line: a journal of progressive thought where he serves as editor-at-large.

    Curatorial projects include Renee Cox: Revisiting The Queen Nanny of the Maroons Series, Columbia University (2016), The Devil Finds Work: James Baldwin on Film, The Film Society of Lincoln Center (2015), The First Sweet Music, The John and June Alcott Gallery, Hanes Art Center (2014), and Bigger Than Shadows, DODGEgallery, New York (2012).

    Rich was the 2016-2017 Scholar-in-Residence in the MFA Program in Performance and Performance Studies at Pratt Institute, and a 2017-2018 Visiting Scholar at the Center for Experimental Humanities at New York University. He has received fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon and Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship foundations. 

    Degrees Held

    Ph.D. New York University 

    B.A. Hunter College (The City University of New York) 

    Professional Affiliation

    The Modern Language Association

    The American Studies Association

    Executive Board, African American Review

    Editor-at-Large, the A-Line: a journal of progressive thought 

    Contributing Editor, James Baldwin Review


    Research Interests

    American and African American literature and culture; the life and work of James Baldwin; race, gender, and contemporary visuality; postcolonialism and diaspora; urban life and politics in the context of the global.

    Current Courses

    Contemporary Black Poetics

    Dean's Honor Symposium

    First Year Seminar

    Independent Study

    Independent Study (Spring 2020)

    Life & Work of Toni Morrison

    Race & Gender in American Lit

    Revolutionizing Literature (Spring 2020)

    The Experimental Impulse (Spring 2020)

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