Jodi Melamed is associate professor of English and Africana Studies at Marquette University. Her current research aims to provide an anti-racist critique of contemporary global capitalism and an anti-capitalist critique of historically dominant U.S. anti-racisms. She is the author of Represent and Destroy: Rationalizing Violence in the New Racial Capitalism (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and a contributor to Strange Affinities: The Sexual and Gender Politics of Comparative Racialization (Duke University Press, 2011) and Keywords for American Cultural Studies (NYU Press, forthcoming). Her next book project, Capital’s Metabolisms investigates representational and relational dimensions of ‘bio-financialization’ (the nexus linking life and financialization) in neoliberalism. Her areas of interest include critical race and ethnic studies, woman of color feminism and queer of color critique, political economy, and culture and globalization. Her awards, fellowships, and grants include a Fulbright, a Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellowship, and grants from the American Studies Association, the Social Science Research Council, the Mellon Foundation and the Wisconsin Humanities Council. Currently, she serves as Co-Chair of the American Studies Association’s Program Committee and as a member of the Modern Language Association’s executive committee for the division on sociological approaches to literature.
At Marquette University, Jodi Melamed regularly teaches courses in multiple contemporary U.S. literatures, race and ethnic studies, literary critical theory and practice, and gender and sexuality studies. Recent courses include “African American Literature: Thinking Justice and Inequality Beyond the State and Citizenship,” “Introduction to Critical Ethnic Studies and 20/21st Century U.S. Literature,” and “The Imagination as Social Practice.” Committed to the project of the public use of knowledge (an idea wholly coherent with the mission of MU as an private Jesuit institution), she constantly searches for ways to make research and teaching at MU useful for all of Milwaukee’s communities and to open what counts as “learning” at Marquette University to the formal and informal knowledge embedded in Milwaukee’s multiple publics.
- U.S. Literature and Culture after World War I
- Africana Studies/Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
- Cultural Studies/Gender and Sexuality Studies
- Tu 2:00-4:00
- W 4:45-5:45
- By appointment
- 4820/102 TuTh 12:30-1:45 Lalumiere 114
- Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies: Race and Racism in Milwaukee: Cultural Critique
- 6931/701 Thursday 2:00-4:30 Lalumiere 198
- Topics in English: Graduate Seminar in Cultural Studies: On Violence and the Human
- Race and Capitalism
- Literature and Social Movements
- Value and Materialism
- "Diversity." Keywords for American Cultural Studies, Second Edition. Eds. Bruce Burgett and Glenn Hendler, New York, NY: New York University Press, 2014.
- "Dangerous Associations." American Quarterly 66.2 (Summer 2014).
- "Academic Freedom with Violence," co-authored with Roderick A. Ferguson, AAUG Journal of Academic Freedom, volume 4 (2013).
- Represent and Destroy: Rationalizing Violence in the New Racial Capitalism. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011.
- "Reading Tehran in Lolita: Seizing Literary Value for Neoliberal Multiculturalsim." Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racializaton. Eds. Grace Kyungwon Hong and Roderick Ferguson. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011
- "The Killing Joke of Sympathy: Chester Himes's End of a Primitive Sounds the Limits of Mid-Century Racial Liberalism." American Literature 81 (Dec. 2008).
- “The Ruptures of American Capital,” American Literature 79,4 (Winter 2007): 843-845.
- “The Spirit of Neoliberalism: From Racial Liberalism to Neoliberal Multiculturalism,” Social Text 89 (Winter 2006): 1-25.
- “W.E.B. Du Bois’s UnAmerican End,” African American Review 40 (Fall 2006): 533-550.
- Fulbright Award (2012-2013)
- Wisconsin Humanities Council Grants (2012. 2010, 2006)
- James R. Grahl Research Fellow, University of Nebraska, Kearney and the Crane Trust (2012)
- American Studies Association, Community Partnership Grant (2007)
- Mellon Research Grant (2007)
- Faculty Development Award, Marquette (2005)
- Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities (2002-2004)
- Social Science Research Council Fellowship (2000-2003)
- Columbia University Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy Fellowship (2001-2003)