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. 

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

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


  • 20th- and 21st-century American Literature
  • 20th- and 21st-century African American Literature
  • Black Feminist Theory