Carnegie Mellon University

Richard Purcell

Richard Purcell

Assistant Professor, English

Address Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


My name is Richard Purcell and I am the author of Race, Ralph Ellison and American Cold War Intellectual Culture (Palgrave 2013) and specialize in twentieth and twenty-first century American literature, literary criticism and critical theory. I also have secondary specialties in African-American literature, Film and Media Studies and Cold War Studies.  Recently, I have begun to explore the intellectual as well as socio-political connections between post-secularity, contemporary humanistic thought and genetic science.  These concerns are represented in my next book project, tentatively called “The Genetic Imagination”, which looks to explore the above trinity in literature and media, humanistic intellectual history as well as contemporary political and public debates around genetic science.