Rodney Taylor

Rodney Taylor

Assistant Professor of English

Curriculum Vitae


Room:RB 388

Rod K. Taylor’s interdisciplinary research traces the influence of black-authored plantation imagery and its anti-racist potential to challenge white supremacy and minstrelized depictions of blackness in postbellum literature and popular and consumer culture. His essays have appeared in The Conversation and the Mississippi Quarterly.

Taylor is an assistant professor of English and a teaching affiliate in African American Studies. He completed his Ph.D. in Literature and Criticism in the Department of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and his postdoctoral work in the Department of African American Studies at the University of South Carolina.

Professional Experience

2021-2023 Race, Freedom, and Democratic Citizenship Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of African American Studies, University of South Carolina

2019-2021 Frederick Douglass Institute for Intercultural Research Teaching Scholar/Assistant Professor of English, Pennsylvania Western University


Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2020

M.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2012

B.A., Pennsylvania Western University, 2010


“Loving My Soul: African American Foodways and the American Dream.” Food and the American Dream in American Literature. Ed. Robert Hauhart and Jeff Birkenstein. University of Tennessee Press. Forthcoming

“At the Foot of the Racial Mountain: Pauline Hopkins’s Southern Exodus in Peculiar Sam: or, The Underground Railroad.” Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures. 2022

“How a Black Writer in  19th-Century America Used Humor to Combat White Supremacy.” The Conversation. 25 February 2022

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Intro African Amer L 215 01 1500 - 1615 M W RB, room 114
American Lit 2: 1860 250 1 1400 - 1450 M W F RB, room 126