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Department of African American Studies

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Rodney Taylor

Title: Race, Freedom, and Democratic Citizenship Postdoctoral Fellow
Department: Department of African American Studies
Department of African American Studies
Phone: 803-777-0645
Office: Gambrell 258
Rodney Taylor


Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2020
M.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2012
B.A., California University of Pennsylvania, 2010

Areas of Specialization

19th-Century African-American Literature and Culture
Cultural Studies of the South
US Founding Documents

Service to the Profession

Secretary/Treasurer, American Humor Studies Association


AFAM 200: Freedom Papers: Narrative of Race and Nation
SOST 302: Introduction to Southern Studies: Reconstruction to Civil Rights


“At the Foot of the Racial Mountain: Pauline Hopkins’s Southern Exodus in Peculiar Sam: or, The Underground Railroad.” Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures. Forthcoming

How a Black Writer in  19th-Century America Used Humor to Combat White Supremacy.” The Conversation. 25 February 2022

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.