Photo of Rebecka Fisher, taken by Sarah Boyd

Associate Professor

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Washington University in Saint Louis, 2001

A.M. in Comparative Literature, Washington University in Saint Louis, 1996

M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration, Ohio University, 1992

B.A. in French Literature and Language, Ohio University, 1987


Rebecka Rutledge Fisher is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A comparatist by training, her work is situated at the intersection of philosophy, literature, and social thought. At present, her research focuses on black humanism and the various poetics employed in the expression of blackness and existence. She is particularly interested in the thought of W.E.B. Du Bois, but has also worked extensively with the writings of Olaudah Equiano, Frances E.W. Harper, Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, and Natasha Trethewey. Additional interests include black queer theory and the complicated (and at times paradoxical) workings of black feminist thought in the work of black male writers.


  • Understanding Natasha Trethewey. University of South Carolina Press, Contemporary American Writers Series. Forthcoming in 2019.
  • Habitations of the Veil: Metaphor and the Poetics of Black Being in African American Literature. 492 pages. Philosophy and Race Series. SUNY Press, May 2014.
  • Retrieving the Human: Reading Paul Gilroy. 375 pages. Eds. Rebecka Rutledge Fisher and Jay Garcia.  With a new essay by Paul Gilroy and a critical introduction by the editors.  Philosophy and Race Series. SUNY Press, October 2014.
  • “Cultural Artifacts and the Narrative of History: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Exhibiting of Culture at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle.” Reprint. 33 pages. Paris, Modern Fiction, and the Black Atlantic. Eds. Jonathan Eburne and Jeremy Braddock.  Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.
  • The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African. Written by Himself. 242 pages.  Text selected, introduced, and annotated by Rebecka Rutledge Fisher.  New York: Barnes & Noble Publishing, December 2005.


  • University Research Council Grant, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Office of Research Development, Spring 2018
  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Fall 2011
  • Residential Fellowship, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Summer 2010
  • Spray-Randleigh Award, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Spring 2007

Courses Taught:

  • Comparative Literature 132: “Identity in the African Diaspora”
  • Comparative Literature 251: “Introduction to Literary Theory”
  • English/FYS 086: “The Cities of Modernism” (First Year Seminar)
  • English 129: “Literature and Cultural Diversity”
  • English 265: “Literature and Race: #BlackLivesMatter and the New Humanism”
  • English 868: “Race and Philosophy in African American Literature”
  • English 872: “Being and Race in African American Literature”

Curriculum Vitae / Resume