Megan Finch

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Department of English .
Pillsbury Hall
310 Pillsbury Drive SE


Megan Finch’s research focuses on the relationship between Enlightenment/racial slavery era discourses on reason and blackness. More specifically, her current work focuses on how late 20th-21st century literature by black women mobilizes these discourses to contest the figure of the "mad black woman” and contemporary definitions of reason. In addition, this work on the limited definition of reason and its relationship to the gendered radicalization of black women informs her thinking and teaching on dystopian, post-apocalyptic and the modes of thinking that underpin climate change and “our" seeming paralysis in the face of it.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D: English, Brandeis University.
  • B.A.: English, University of California, Davis.


  • 20th- and 21st-century US and African American Literature
  • Black Feminism
  • Afropessimism
  • Queer Theory
  • James Baldwin
  • Toni Morrison
  • Dystopian Fiction
Courses Taught
  • ENGL 3598W: Introduction to African-American Literature and Culture II
  • ENGL 5300: Readings in American Minority Literature - James Baldwin
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Member: Modern Language Association:
  • Member: American Comparative Literature Association:
  • Member: Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States:
  • Training Gendered Whiteness: Teaching Thomas Dixon's The Clansman after Charlottesville: Finch, Megan, South: a scholarly journal, 50.2 126-34, 2019.
  • Social, Equity and Inclusion Grant, Rhode Island School of Design, 2020
  • Mellon Dissertation-Year Fellowship, Brandeis University, 2018 - 2019
  • Gilmore-Valenze Prize in English and American Literature, Brandeis University, 2013 - 2017
  • Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award, Brandeis University, 2015