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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

Sprechzeiten: nach Vereinbarung / by appointment




  • 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 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)

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