Robert F. Reid-Pharr

Robert F. Reid-Pharr

Professor of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
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Robert F. Reid-Pharr holds a Ph.D. in American Studies and an M.A. in African American Studies from Yale University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before coming to Harvard he was a Distinguished and Presidential Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York where he directed the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean. He was also an assistant and associate professor of English at the Johns Hopkins University. In addition, he has been the Jess and Sara Cloud Distinguished Visiting Professor of English at the College of William and Mary, the Edward Said Visiting Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut, the Drue Heinz Visiting Professor of English at the University of Oxford, the Carlisle and Barbara Moore Distinguished Visiting Professor of English at the University of Oregon, and the F.O. Matthiessen Visiting Professor of Gender and Sexuality at Harvard University. A specialist in African American culture and a prominent scholar in the field of race and sexuality studies, he is the author of four books: Conjugal Union: The Body, the House, and the Black American, Oxford University Press, 1999; Black, Gay, Man: Essays, NYU Press, 2001, for which he won the 2002 Randy Shilts Publishing Triangle Award for Gay Non-Fiction; Once You Go Black: Choice, Desire, and the Black American Intellectual, NYU Press, 2007, a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award; and Archives of Flesh: African America, Spain, and Post Humanist Critique, NYU Press, 2016, which won an Honorable Mention for the 2017 William Sanders Scarborough Prize given by the Modern Language Association. His essays have appeared in, among other places, American Literature, American Literary History, Callaloo, Afterimage, Small Axe, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Women and Performance, Social Text, Transition, Studies in the Novel, The African American Review, Feminist Formations, Art in America, and Radical America. He is a member of the advisory board of the Gender and American Culture series of the University of North Carolina Press and a member of the editorial advisory committee of the journal, Callaloo. His research and writing have been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.  In 2015 he was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars and he is the recipient of a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and a 2017 Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship. He lives between Cambridge, Massachusetts and Brooklyn, New York.