Arlene Keiser

Professor Humanities & Media Studies

Arlene R. Keizer, Professor and former Chairperson of Humanities and Media Studies, is a scholar in the fields of literary and cultural studies, critical theory, feminist theory—especially black feminist theory—and psychoanalysis. She is the author of Black Subjects: Identity Formation in the Contemporary Narrative of Slavery (Cornell UP, 2004), as well as book chapters and articles in a range of journals including American Literature, PMLA, African American Review, and Radical Teacher. Keizer holds a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley and a master's degree in English and Creative Writing from Stanford University. In addition to her scholarly work, she has published poetry, film reviews, and experimental criticism. Her new book, The Body of This Life: Kara Walker's Art and the Black Postmodern, will be published by Northwestern University Press. Prior to her arrival at Pratt, Keizer spent 20 years teaching African American, Caribbean, and American literature and culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Brown University, and the University of California, Irvine. Her administrative service, for these universities and the profession at large, has included extensive work reviewing manuscripts and degree programs, serving as an equity advisor, and directing the PhD Program in Culture and Theory at UCI. For this East Coast native, born to Trinidadian immigrant parents, moving to Brooklyn is a complex form of homecoming.


Migration Stories in Multiple Media (2020)