Prof. Rick Rodriguez

Rick Rodriguez


Location: VC 7-288
Phone: (646) 312-3938


My work is attentive to the many ways that literature affectively registers responses to the global forces and conflicts that shaped early American culture. I am particularly fascinated by literature’s hard-to-pin-down elements like voice and tone and their ability to reveal historically situated attitudes about broad structural changes, the impact of which is felt by those who live through them. A Chicago transplant with Caribbean roots living in Brooklyn, I find developing an ear for attitude highly instructive in my attempts to fashion cognitive, affective, and linguistic maps for cultural, economic and political situations, past and present. I teach and write from a transnational perspective in an on-going effort to redraw maps inherited from exceptionalist and isolationist schools. I received a Ph.D. in English from Loyola University Chicago and a B.A., also in English, from Florida International University.

I’m currently at work on a monograph provisionally titled Feeling Adrift: Displaced Americans in the Age of Emotion, parts of which have appeared in print and have been presented at numerous national and international conferences.

Areas of scholarly interest: American literature and culture, political philosophy, and affect theory.

The City University of New York