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Frederick Charles Staidum Jr.

Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow in English & Africana Studies

Office: Center for the Arts 275    
Email: fstaidum@muhlenberg.edu


  • 2015   PhD (expected), African American Studies, Northwestern University
  • 2011   MA, African American Studies, Northwestern University
  • 2007   MPS, Africana Studies, Cornell University
  • 1998   BA, African World Studies, Dillard University

Select Awards, Publications, and Presentations,

Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellowship, 2014-2015

"The Haunted Houses of New Orleans: Queer Marriage and White Dread in Nineteenth-Century Domestic Spaces." Department of African American Studies Visibility Conference. Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. April 2012.

"Touristed Captivities: Race, Sex, and the Literary Geographies of New Orleans." 9th International Conference of the Collegium for African American Research. Paris, France. April 2011.

"'The City that Care Forgot': Race, Landmarks, and the Geographies of Coloniality." Black Geographies Sessions. Association of American Geographers Annual meeting. Washington, D.C. April 2010.

"Creole Performances: Race, Anxiety, and Surrogation in Post-Reconstruction Louisiana." Critical Studies in Theatre and Performance Fall Symposium. Nortwestern University. Evanston, IL. October 2009.


Professor Staidum's primary fields are African American Literature and Cultural Studies, but his teaching and research interests extend to the African diaspora, the Gothic, queer theory, visual studies, and cultural geography. Professor Staidum's current work explores the racial and sexual representations of New Orleans and its designation as a "foreign" landscape within nineteenth-century American writing and visual culture. His use of critical discourse analysis and archival research of serialized novels, travel writing, slave narratives, cartography, printmaking, and performance allows Prof. Staidum to foster an interdisciplinary approach to student learning. At the heart of his teaching philosophy is the belief in cultivating engaged, life-long learners, who can recognize and challenge antiquated notions of normativity and hierarchy. Prof. Staidum achieves this through a three-pronged approach attending to literacy and comprehension; reasons judgment and aesthetic analysis; and diverse perspectives. He empowers students to creatively interrogate the complicated, fluid, and often contentious cultural productions of America -- both the aggregate of the artistic exercise in the US and the inventive process of representing what and who is (and is not) America. When turning to the cultural products of African American writers and artists, he encourages students to rigorously explore the formal qualities and aesthetic merit of each work; the influence of race, gender, sexuality, displacement, and power on its conception; and the way in which each represent a response to hegemony and exclusionary citizenships.