WGS is thrilled to announce that Robert Reid-Pharr will become Professor of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University on July 1, 2018. Reid-Pharr is the first full professor to be hired solely in the Program of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University.
A founder and leader of the field of black queer studies, Robert Reid-Pharr is known for incisive and original close readings of literature, wide-ranging cultural analyses, bold personal engagement, and challenging provocations. He has written four critically acclaimed, high-impact books: Black Gay Man: Essays; Once You Go Black: Choice, Desire, and the Black American Intellectual; Conjugal Union: The Body, the House, and The Black American; and most recently Archives of Flesh: African America, Spain, and Post-Humanist Critique. He is now at work on a book-length study of James Baldwin that will make use of newly-available archives.
He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Bogliasco Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and other sources. Black Gay Man won the prestigious Publishing Triangle Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction, and Archives of Flesh received honorable mention for the William Sanders Scarborough Prize, which is awarded annually by the Modern Language Association for an “outstanding scholarly study of black American literature or culture.”
Reid-Pharr is also a much-praised teacher, advisor, and mentor – most recently at the CUNY Graduate Center. Since 2013, Reid-Pharr has served as the Director of the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC) at CUNY. In fall 2016, Reid-Pharr was in residence at Harvard as the third F.O. Matthiessen Visiting Professor of Gender and Sexuality and taught two courses in WGS. This fall, he will teach The Black Male Body and The Gender of Celebrity. In the spring he will teach Theories of Race and Sexuality and Gender, Sexuality, and the Archive.
We look forward to thinking and learning with this extraordinary scholar, teacher, and colleague for years to come. Please join us in welcoming Robert Reid-Pharr!