Bard Faculty

Brittney Edmonds

Visiting Assistant Professor of English (BHSEC)

Primary Academic Program: Literature


BA, Cornell University; PhD candidate, Princeton University. Brittney Edmonds is a writer and scholar of African American literature and theory. At Cornell, she was a Meinig Family Cornell National Scholar and a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow; at Princeton, she is a graduate affiliate in the Program in American Studies, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Center for African American Studies. Her research interests include 20th- and 21st-century African American literature, African American literary history, histories and theories of capitalism, Marxism, black feminisms, and queer theory. Her dissertation, "Consuming Blackness: Black Postmodernity and the Crisis of Inheritance," examines African American literary history in light of the changing vicissitudes of the market. She currently works in several capacities across the Bard Network: she teaches at Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) Manhattan and is a faculty member of a new initiative, Bard DNA (Diversity Network Action), at BHSEC Queens. Additionally, she works with nonprofits throughout New York City to address issues of educational inequality. Publications include MELUS and a forthcoming anthology on African American culture. At Bard College since 2018.