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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), 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), and served as Guest Critic for the October 2016 issue of The Brooklyn Rail on James Baldwin. 

    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 Language Association. His writing has appeared in African American ReviewJames Baldwin Review, Anthropology NowThe Believer, McSweeney's, The Brooklyn Railsx 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.

    Past Courses

    Independent Study
    LLSL 3950, Spring 2023

    Invention of Literature
    LLST 2007, Spring 2023

    Race and American Literature
    LLSL 2046, Spring 2023

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