Roderick FERGUSON

Professor, Gender and Women's Studies and African American Studies


Education: PhD, Sociology - University of California-San Diego

About Dr. Ferguson

Roderick A. Ferguson was educated at Howard University and the University of California, San Diego. He is faculty in the Departments of African American Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the co-director of the Racialized Body research cluster at UIC. Prior to his appointment there, he was professor of race and critical theory in the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, serving as chair of the department from 2009 to 2012. In the fall of 2013, he was the Old Dominion Visiting Faculty for the Council of the Humanities and the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. In 2004, he was Scholar in Residence for the “Queer Locations” Seminar at the University of California’s Humanities Research Institute in Irvine, California. From 2007 to 2010, he was associate editor of the American Studies Association’s flagship journal American Quarterly. In the year 2000, he was awarded the Modern Language Association’s Crompton-Noll Award for Best Essay in Lesbian, Gay, and Queer Studies in the Modern Languages/Literatures for his essay “The Parvenu Baldwin and the Other Side of Redemption: Modernity, Race, Sexuality, and the Cold War." He is the co-editor with Grace Hong of the University of Minnesota Press book series Difference Incorporated. Also with Hong, he is the co-editor of the anthology Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization (2011).

Selected Publications:

Books:

  • The Reorder of Things: The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference (2012).
  • Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique (2004).
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Contact Information

Office: 1221 UH, MC 069
Email: rfergus@uic.edu