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Alexander Ghedi Weheliye

Professor of African American Studies

Rutgers University, Ph.D.

Research Interests:

African American, Afro-European, and Afro-Caribbean Literatures and Cultures
Critical Theory
Popular Culture
History and Theory of Information Technologies
German Studies (modern German philosophy and literature, minority discourse in Germany)
Post-Colonial Studies
Critical Ethnic Studies
Popular Music
Race and Technology


AfAm 245   Black Diaspora and Transnationality
AfAm 327 Contemporary Black Popular Music
AfAm 350 Theorizing Blackness

Current Research:

Alexander Ghedi Weheliye is professor of African American Studies at Northwestern University where he teaches black literature and culture, critical theory, social technologies, and popular culture. He is the author of Phonographies: Grooves in Sonic Afro-Modernity (Duke UP, 2005), which was awarded The Modern Language Association’s William Sanders Scarborough Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Study of Black American Literature or Culture and Habeas Viscus: Racializing Assemblages, Biopolitics, and Black Feminist Theories of the Human (Duke UP, 2014). 

Currently, he is working on two projects. The first, Feenin: R&B’s Technologies of Humanity, offers a critical history of the intimate relationship between R&B music and technology since the late 1970’s. The second, Black Life/Schwarz-Sein, situates Blackness as an ungendered ontology of unbelonging. His work has been published in many journals, and the anthologies Black Europe and the African Diaspora, The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies, Wie Rassismus aus Wörtern spricht: (K)erben des Kolonialismus im Wissensarchiv deutsche Sprache, and re/visionen: Postkoloniale Perspektiven von People of Color auf Rassismus, Kulturpolitik und Widerstand in Deutschland.

Recent Awards:

2005 William Sanders Scarborough Prize, Modern Language Association

Recent Publications:

Habeas Viscus: Racializing Assemblages, Biopolitics, and Black Feminist Theories of the Human, Duke University Press (2014)

Phonographies: Grooves in Sonic Afro-Modernity, Duke University Press (2005)

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