UNC English & Comparative Literature


2015, MA English, Appalachian State University

2010, BS Secondary English Education, Piedmont International University

2010, BA English, High Point University


Kevin Pyon’s research interests include African American history, religion, music, and literature. His current dissertation project explores 18th and 19th century African American literature through the lens of the black radical tradition. Through a re-configuration of traditional Marxist literary theory, it seeks to discover in early black autobiography and fiction what might be called the “racial unconscious” of capitalism itself–that is, the ways that the racial structure(s) of 19th century American capitalism (in both the slave South and industrial North) are thematically and formally manifested in the narratives and novels of black authors of the era.


  • “Towards an African-American Genealogy of Market and Religion in Rap Music.” Popular Music and Society. Online ahead of print (April 2018): 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1080/03007766.2018.1458275


  • Ruth Rose Richardson Award, UNC, Fall 2016
  • Blyden and Roberta Jackson Fellowship in Afro-American Literature, UNC, 2015-2016
  • Cratis D. Williams Society Inductee, Appalachian State U, 2015

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