Noah Hansen

photo by John Zich

Noah Hansen received his PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago in 2022. His research and teaching focus on Caribbean and African American literature and political thought in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with an emphasis on critical theorizations of labor and political economy in the global colonial periphery. His dissertation traces the emergence of Black working-class internationalism in the interwar period, analyzing how socioeconomic processes of class formation and new forms of transnational literary representation converge to make the generic figure of the “Negro Worker” a defining fulcrum of Black Internationalist political aesthetics. Thinking across economic, political, and cultural spheres, his work takes up the question of how class becomes genre in Black Atlantic literature. Hansen is also currently engaged in archival research and writing on the literature of the Marcus Garvey movement.

Research Interests: Caribbean literature; African American literature; Marxism; theories of colonial political economy and peripheral capitalism; anticolonial thought and social movements; Pan-Africanism.

2022-23 Courses: Autumn: [Theories-Intro] Race, Gender, and Class: Introduction to Cultural Studies, Winter: [Elective] Forms of Labor in Caribbean Literature, Spring: [Elective] The Literature of Riot: The Red Summer of 1919 and African American Literary History and [Theories-Advanced] Decolonization and Culture