Ricardo A. Wilson II Assistant Professor of English

Ricardo A. Wilson II

Washington Hall 110


Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Southern California
B.A., African-American Studies, Brown University


Twentieth and twenty-first-century African-American and American literature and culture; hemispheric studies of blackness; science fiction; the evacuation of language around issues of race


ENGL 293: Topics in American Literature: Utopia, Science Fiction, and the Idea of America(s)
WRIT 100: Writing Seminar for First Years: On the Flip

Selected Publications

“In the Blind: Alfonso Cuarón and the Question of Futurity,” CR: The New Centennial Review 16.2 (2016): 151-182.
“Evidence for Baldwin,” Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire 11.2-3 (2012): 88-93.
“Saturday,” Callaloo 31.3 (2008): 871-875.

Work in Progress

Toward the Nigrescent Beyond: Mexico and the Psychic Vanishing of Blackness (under contract with Northwestern University Press)
The Color of Remorse: Reading Apology and the African Encounter Across the Americas
The Deafman (novella)
“Afrofuturism and the Problem of Archeology.” Justice in Time: Critical Afrofuturism and Black Freedom. Ed. Elizabeth Reich, Anna Everett, and Ryan Kernan
“Colson Whitehead’s Nigrescent Future”
“Toomer, Cane, and the Idea of a Racialized Unconscious"