Loyola University Chicago

Department of English

Frederick Staidum

Assistant Professor

  • Office Location: Crown Center 451
  • Phone Number: 773.508.2272
  • E-mail: fstaidum@luc.edu


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. 


  • BA, Dillard University (2005)
  • MPS, Cornell University (2007)
  • MA, Northwestern University (2011)
  • PhD, Northwestern University (2015)

Program Areas

  • African American and African Diasporic Literatures and Cultures
  • Gender and Queer Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Critical Theory

Research Interests

  • Theories of Race, Sex, and Gender in Eighteenth- and Ninetheeth-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

Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “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).