Pembroke Center

Megan Finch

Nancy L. Buc ’65 Postdoctoral Fellow

Biography

Ph.D. English, Brandeis University, 2020

Book Project Title: "Perverse Relations: Idiocy, Madness, and Black Social Life."

Megan Finch is the 2021-22 Nancy L. Buc '65 Postdoctoral Fellow. In the fall of 2022, she is teaching GNSS 1961X: Black Women Ruin Everything. Dr. Finch’s course investigates how Black feminist writers have used "speculative fiction" to imagine not only their own freedom but also the freedom of all beings arranged within the social and political hierarchies built upon their backs.

Dr. Finch's research focuses on the relationship between Enlightenment/racial slavery era discourses on reason and Blackness. More specifically, her current work focuses on how late 20th-21st century literature by Black women mobilizes these discourses to contest the figure of the "mad Black woman" and contemporary definitions of reason. Dr. Finch is also an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.