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Brigitte Fielder

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Expert in nineteenth-century US literature, early African American literature; children's literature; race, gender, and sexuality studies.

Associate Professor College of Letters and Science — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page Twitter: @BrigField


  • Race and reproduction, interracial families and kinship, and interracial adoption in culture, politics, and history.
  • African American women and African American women writers in culture, politics, and history. African American women as organizers and in rights movements.
  • African American children, as readers of and as represented in children's literature.
  • Animals and human-animal relationships in culture, politics, and history. Especially African Americans and birds.
  • Girlhood in US literature and popular and material culture. Especially dolls.


  • Author of Relative Races: Genealogies of Interracial Kinship in Nineteenth-Century America (Duke University Press, 2020)
  • Bylines in New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Avidly.
  • Recipient of fellowships from Wesleyan University Animal Studies Program, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Idol Family Foundation/Villanova University.
  • Journal editor: J19: Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, Journal Features editor: Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers
  • Journal editorial board member: Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Research on Diversity in Youth Literature, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature