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Dr. Cedric Essi

Fachbereich 7: Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
Neuer Graben 40
49074 Osnabrück

Raum: 41/120
E-Mail: cedric.essi@uni-osnabrueck.de

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  • Dr. phil. in American Studies (summa cum laude), FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Dissertation Title: "Interracial Family Memoirs: Claiming Genealogies across the Color Line"
  • M.A. in American Studies & Staatsexamen (teaching degree) in English and French, JMU Würzburg 

Academic Positions:

  • Since 2019: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Collaborative Research Center "Law & Literature," Osnabrück University  (SFB 1385)
  • 2015-2019: Lecturer in American Studies, Department of English-Speaking Cultures, University of Bremen
  • 2014-2015: Lecturer in American Studies, Department of English and American Studies, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

Fellowships, Grants, Awards:

  • 2020: BAA-Dissertationspreis (Dissertation Award of the Bavarian American Academy)
  • 2019: Lilli Bechmann-Rahn Preis (Dissertation Award of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)
  • 2019: YERUN Fellow at the Center for American Studies, University of Southern Denmark. Host: Clara Juncker 
  • 2017: Fulbright American Studies Award, University of California, Berkeley, Department of African American Studies. Hosts: Leigh Raiford & Darieck Scott
  • 2017: Dartmouth College Summer Institute, “The Futures of American Studies,” BAA Fellow
  • 2014: DAAD Travel Grant, Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference, DePaul University, Chicago
  • 2013: BAA Yale University Research Fellowship, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Abolition, and Resistance
  • 2013: Fellow of the Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Spring Academy
  • 2013: Travel Grant, Dr. Alfred-Vinzl-Foundation, Collegium for African American Research (CAAR), Atlanta
  • 2012: Fellow of the BAA Summer Academy “Democratic Cultures, Past and Present,” Washington, D.C.
  • 2011: BAA Harvard University Research Fellowship, Department of African and African American Studies, Hosts: Werner Sollors & Vera Grant
  • 2011-2014: Post-Graduate Fellowship of the Bavarian State (Bayerische Eliteförderung)


Arbeitsschwerpunkte und Forschung

Research Interests:

  • Black Diaspora Studies, Critical Mixed Race Studies, Critical Whiteness Studies
  • Critical Kinship Studies
  • Life Writing
  • Queer Studies
  • Cultural Legal Studies:  Law & Literature, Critical Race Theory, Property



  • Interracial Family Memoirs: Claiming Genealogies across the Color Line (under contract with Wayne State University Press)

Editorial Work:

  • Associate editor of Amerikastudien / American Studies (since May 2019) Link: Open Access
  • With Heike Paul and Boris Vormann, eds. Common Grounds? American Democracy after Trump. Special Issue of Amerikastudien / American Studies, vol. 66, no. 1, 2021. Link: Open Access
  • Co-editor of COPAS (2017-2020) 
  • With Samira Spatzek, Paula von Gleich, Stephen Koetzing, and Gesine Wegner, editors. Interrogating White Supremacy in the United States and Beyond.  Special Issue of COPAS, vol. 20, no. 2, 2019. Link: Open Access
  • With Monika Sauter and Stephen Koetzing, ed. COPAS: Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, vol. 15, no. 1, 2014.

Journal Articles:

  • "The Transnational Dimensions of Anti-Black Policing and Black Resistance: An Interview with Vanessa E. Thompson." American Democracy after Trump. Special Issue of Amerikastudien / American Studies, vol. 66, no. 1, 2021, pp. 241-46. Link: Open Access
  • "The Parent as Citizen: Jane Lazarre's Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness: Memoir of a White Mother of Black Sons." Storied Citizenship: Imagining the Citizen in North American Literature. Special Issue of Amerikastudien / American Studies, vol. 65, no. 4, 2020, pp. 491-510.Link: Open Access
  • "COPAS at Twenty: Interrogating White Supremacy in the United States and Beyond." With Samira Spatzek, Paula von Gleich, Stephen Koetzing, and Gesine Wegner. White Supremacy in the United  States and Beyond." COPAS, vol. 20, no. 2, 2019, pp. 1-17. Link: Open Access
  • "Queer Genealogies across the Color Line and into Children’s Literature: Autobiographical Picture Books, Interraciality, and Gay Family Formation.” Genealogy and Multiracial Family Histories, special issue of Genealogy vol. 43, no. 2, 2018, pp. 1-20. Link: Open Access
  • “‘Mama’s Baby, Papa’s, Too’: Toward Critical Mixed Race Studies.” Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, vol. 65, no. 2, 2017, pp. 161-72. Link
Book Chapters: 
  • “Queer Futurity.” Critical Terms in Futures Studies. Edited by Heike Paul. Palgrave, 2019, pp. 253-59.Link
  • “Return to Which Roots? Interracial Documemoirs by Macky Alston, Eliaichi Kimaro, and Mo Asumang.” Moving and Migrating the Black Body in Visual Culture. Edited by Leigh Raiford and Heike Raphael-Hernandez. U of Washington P, 2017, pp. 170-83. Link
  • “Transnational Affiliations in the Mixed Race Memoir: Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father.” American Lives. Edited by Alfred Hornung. Heidelberg UP Winter, 2013, pp. 261-81.Link
  • “Black Like Who? Weiße Autoren und ethnische Minderheiten.” Anglophone Literaturdidaktik: Zukunftsperspektiven für den Englischunterricht. Edited by Julia Hammer, Maria Eisenmann, and Rüdiger Ahrens. Heidelberg UP Winter, 2012, pp. 161-76. Link
  • "Black Lives Matter: Wieviel zählt Schwarzes Leben?" Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Reihe 'USA 2020': Link: Open Access


  • Rev. of Black Mixed-Race Men: Transatlanticity, Hybridity and ‘Post-Racial’ Resilience, by Remi Joseph-Salisbury. Journal of Critical Mixed Race Studies vol. 2, no. 1, 2022. Link: Open Access
  • Rev. of Troubling the Family: The Promise of Personhood and the Rise of Multiracialism, by Habiba Ibrahim. Amerikastudien/American Studies vol. 63, no. 1, 2018, pp. 24-27. Link: Open Access