About

Maureen E. Ruprecht Fadem (she/her) completed a Ph.D. in English at The Graduate Center-CUNY under the mentorship of Wayne Koestenbaum. She is Professor of English at Kingsborough-CUNY and a postcolonial, Irish studies, and Black studies scholar; she works on Anglophone writing of the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries specializing in historical literatures of Ireland and African America as well as the literatures of partition very broadly. Maureen’s research looks at the poetics of poetry and prose in relation to the political history of empire, especially the imposition of national partition schemes and other imperial borders. Her work is broadly concerned with political justice, notably reparations and (de)carceration, social justice of race, class, and gender, and the poetics of conflict, trauma, and silence. Maureen frequently presents at conferences; this year, she will chair and introduce a session she organized for the 2023 MLA Convention: “Political Threats to Academic Freedom: A Call for Antiracist Advocacy.” She publishes widely, including the monograph Silence and Articulacy in the Poetry of Medbh McGuckian which was brought out by Rowman and Littlefield in 2019. In 2020, Routledge, Inc. published two books authored by Maureen: the monograph Objects and Intertexts in Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved’: The Case for Reparations as well as a collection she co-edited with Michael O’Sullivan, The Economics of Empire. She has two very recent articles: “Architecting the Carceral State: The Fragment in Medbh McGuckian’s Diaries and Walter Benjamin’s ‘Theses,’” which appeared in the journal Review of Irish Studies in Europe (Dec. 2021), and the opinion piece “‘Going Public’ with the Humanities in a Fake News World” that was published by Inside Higher Ed (April 4, 2022). She is at work on a number of new projects: a collection titled Imperial Debt on reparations for empire as well as a book series based on that theme; she was commissioned to edit The Routledge Research Companion to Toni Morrison; and, she’s writing a book chapter on Joyce’s “The Dead” in comparison with other instances of postcolonial fiction (Pamuk, Naipaul, Coetzee) that use, as chief allegory, the triptych: snow, silence, and sleep. Maureen is currently serving a three-year term on the MLA Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional Rights and Responsibilities (CAFPRR). Before entering academia, she worked in the business world while raising her children on her own, Dr. Cynthia Fadem and Brooklyn restaurateur, Mike Fadem. She lives in Brooklyn.

Education

PhD, English Literature — Postcolonial Studies — 2/2012.

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