Heather D Russell

Heather D Russell

Research Interests:

Since arriving at FIU in 2003, Professor Russell’s research and teaching interests have focused on the intersections of race, gender, class, postcoloniality and genre. Her research has primarily examined narrative form and its relationship to configurations of national/racial identities. To this end, her book, Legba’s Crossing: Narratology in the African Atlantic was published by the University of Georgia Press, 2009. She has published in American Literature, Contours: A Journal of the African Diaspora; African American Review; and The Massachusetts Review and in several edited book collections. She is currently at work on her second book, titled: Popular Culture, Gender, and Economy in the Caribbean, and has related articles forthcoming on Reggae musician Tanya Stephens and internationally acclaimed Barbadian singer Rihanna. She is an active affiliated professor with African and African Diaspora Studies, the Latin American and Caribbean Center and Women’s Studies ,and, belongs to several professional organizations including the Modern Language Association and the Caribbean Studies Assocation. At the graduate level, Russell teaches C19th Narratives of Enslavement and Resistance and African Diaspora Women Writers and at the undergraduate, C19th, C20th African American Literatures, Major Caribbean Writers, Black History and the Fictive Imagination, and Black Citizenships