Loyola University Chicago

Department of English


Frederick Staidum Jr.

Title/s:  Assistant Professor

Specialty Area: African American and African diasporic literatures and cultures; gender and queer studies; digital humanities; and critical theory

Office #:  Crown Center 408

Phone: 82272



Teaching Philosophy

As a professor, I aim to cultivate engaged, life-long learners, who can recognize and dismantle unjust notions of normativity, hierarchy, and inequity.  I hope to empower students to creatively and soundly interpret the racial, classed, gendered, and sexual representations in literature and their role in the making of the modern world.  We achieve these objectives through interdisciplinary learning activities focused on cultural literacy, close reading, and aesthetic and formal analysis.


B.A., Dillard University (2005)

M.P.S., Cornell University (2007)

M.A., Northwestern University (2011)

Ph.D., Northwestern University (2015)

Research Interests

Theories of race, sex, and gender in 18th- and 19th-century Atlantic writing and art; Geography and the spatialization of difference; Race and modernity; Critical theory (esp. Black Feminisms, Queer of Color critique, critical race theory, postcolonial theory, geocriticism, and deconstructive and cultural criticism)

Selected Publications

Selected Publications


“Touring Modernity’s Slavery: An Autoethnographic Digital Mapping of Leisure and Racial Spectacle in Antebellum New Orleans.” Space and Place in Africana/Black Studies. Edited by Angel David Nieves and Kim Gallon. (forthcoming University of Georgia Press). 

“African Americans and Literary Criticism.” Encyclopedia of African American Culture (forthcoming Greenwood Press). 


“Narrating Slavery and a Genealogy of Masculine Vulnerability.” The Black Scholar Special IssueEdited by Darius Bost, La Marr Jurelle Bruce, and Brandon Manning. 

Landscape of Lack, Landscape of Excess: New Orleans, Geographies of Difference, and Atlantic Liberalism (book-length monograph)