Richard Purcell-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

Richard Purcell

Assistant Professor of English

Department of English
Carnegie Mellon University
Baker Hall 259
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Office: Baker Hall 145 C
Phone: (412) 268-2614
Fax: (412) 268-7989


Generally speaking my research explores the relationship between race and what Foucault called the processes of subjectification in the twentieth and twenty-first century. I teach courses in post-WWII and contemporary American literature, critical theory, African-American literature, media and music studies. I am currently co-directing the Listening Spaces Project with Professor Richard Randall in Music. Our mission is to explore what Jacques Attali calls the political economy of music and musical practices. Through Listening Spaces we have helped organized musical performances, colloquia, lectures, community activist and archival research projects. I am the author of Race, Ralph Ellison and American Cold War Intellectual Culture (Palgrave 2013) and am working on two interrelated book projects.  In one I am writing a genealogy of the relationship between neoliberalism, collectivism and creative labor in hip-hop culture. The other is my attempt to trace the links between race, post-secular thought and genetic science in American popular culture after World War II.