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English and Creative Writing
Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies
American History and Culture
American Religious History
Identity Politics and Racial Representation Politics
Alterity and Subjectivity
20th Century Continental Philosophy
The University of Chicago
Doctor of Philosophy, Religion & Literature
Dissertation Title: Children of Darkness, Children of the Mask: An Examination of the Moral Effects of Metaphors of Darkness on the Representational Lives of Black Americans
Dissertation Committee: Dr. Richard Rosengarten, Dr. Dwight Hopkins, Dean Emilie Townes
Yale Divinity School
Master of Arts in Religion, summa cum laude
Advisors: Dr. John C. Collins, Dr. Carolyn Sharp
Bachelor of Arts, Film Studies / Theatre Studies, with Distinction in the Major (Film)
Advisors: Dr. Murray Biggs, Professor Toni Dorfman, Dr. Charles Musser
Visiting Assistant Professor, English
|Conference Papers and Presentations|
RL Watson, “Souls Beneath Our Feet: What Fungi Teach Us About Living in Invisibility” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA March 2018.
RL Watson, “Reimaginations: Hair” Reimaginations Series, International House, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL November 2017.
RL Watson, “Darkness as Moral Aesthetic” Theology and Ethics Workshop, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL April 2017.
RL Watson, “Must Be a Wisdom … Don’t It Hurt? The Substantiality of Haunting in Toni Morrison’s Beloved” American Academy of Religion Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX November 2016.
RL Watson, “Must Good and Evil Always Be Black and White?” Black and Reformed Conference, South Holland, IL April 2016.
RL Watson, “Etymological Woes: What Difference Does the History of a Word Like Fair Make?” Alternative Epistemologies Salon Series, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL April 2015.
RL Watson, “William Grimes’ Free Narrative,” Race and Religion Workshop, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL March 2012.
Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture Dissertation Fellowship (2017)