Rebecca Wanzo

Rebecca Wanzo is an associate professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and associate director at the Center for the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis. Her teaching and research interests include feminist theory, African American literature and culture, critical race theory, feminist media studies, graphic storytelling and cultural studies. Her first book, The Suffering Will Not Be Televised: African American Women and Sentimental Storytelling, explored the cultural practices that make suffering legible or illegible in U.S. culture. She is currently working on a book project entitled “The Melancholic Patriot: African Americans, Citizenship and Graphic Storytelling,” which looks at discourses of black citizenship in the comics medium. She has published essays on a wide variety of topics, including African American literature, child abduction, black women in film and television and U.S. comics.