Patricia Rachael Stuelke

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of English

I teach and write about 20th and 21st century hemispheric literature, photography, and popular culture, particularly in relation to histories of US imperialism, racial capitalism, gender and sexuality, and US and Latin American social movements. My current book project offers a history of the contemporary valorization of reparative politics and modes of interpretation, tracing them back to the practices and aesthetics of US empire and transnational solidarity movements during the transition to neoliberalism in the Americas.

A.B. Harvard University
PhD Boston University

Selected Publications


The Ruse of Repair: US Neoliberal Empire and the Turn from Critique (forthcoming)


“Writing Refugee Crisis in the Age of Amazon: Lost Children Archive’s Reenactment Play.” Genre 54.1 (April 2021): 43-66.

"Infrastructural-Innovation Realism in An Age of Collapse." (with M Geidel) American Literary History 33.1 (Spring 2021): 103-132.

"'Sympathy with the Swamp: Reading Hurston in the Trumpocene," The Scholar & Feminist Online 16.2 (2020).

“Horror and the Arts of Feminist Assembly,” Contemporaries at Post-45. April 2019.

"Trayvon Martin, Topdog/Underdog, and the Tragedy Trap. American Literary History (2017). 

“Loving in the Iraq War Years.” College Literature 43.1 (Winter 2016): 121-144.

“The Queer Optimism of Jessie Tarbox Beals’s Greenwich Village Postcards.” Photography and Culture 7.3 (November 2014): 285-302.

“The Reparative Politics of Central America Solidarity Movement Culture.” American Quarterly 66.3 (September 2014): 767-790.

“‘Times When Greater Disciplines Are Born’: The Zora Neale Hurston Revival and the Neoliberal Transformation of the Caribbean.” American Literature 86.1 (March 2014): 117-145.

“Finding Haiti, Finding History in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.” Modernism/modernity 19.4 (November 2012): 755-774.

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