I am a PhD Candidate in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY, a Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow with the Sustainability and Environmental Justice at John Jay College, and, since my matriculation at the Graduate Center, have been an Adjunct Instructor and Teaching Fellow at LaGuardia Community College and John Jay College. This year, I am also working with the newly formed Ecocriticism Seminar sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center. http://www.centerforthehumanities.org/programming/participants/rebecca-f...
My dissertation focuses on contemporary Native American literature, specifically Anishinaabe and Cree literature, and most specifically on the works of Louise Erdrich and Tomson Highway. The dissertation includes question of conversion within and outside of settler colonial frameworks, and my interest in conversion animates other favorite research focii, including medieval literature, especially women's mysticism, and contemporary speculative fiction that reimagines American history and the terms of American identity.
I have an AB from Bryn Mawr College in Comparative Literature and an MTS from Harvard Divinity School with a focus on Religion, Literature, and Culture, am a writer of poetry, stories, personal essays, and plays in addition to academic things, and I volunteer at Word Up Community Bookshop in Washington Heights, where I live with my wife, the playwright Charlotte Rahn-Lee.