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Cedric Essi

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

E-Mail: cedric.essi@uni-osnabrueck.de




  • 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 in English and French, University of Würzburg 

Academic Positions:

  • Since 2019: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Collaborative Research Center "Law & Literature," University of Osnabrück (SFB)
  • 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:

  • 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:

  • Critical Race Theory: Black Studies, Critical Mixed Race Studies, Critical Whiteness Studies
  • Critical Kinship Studies
  • Life Writing
  • Queer Studies
  • Law & Literature: Concepts of Property in U.S.-American Culture


Editorial Work:

  • Associate editor of Amerikastudien / American Studies (since May 2019)
  • Co-editor of COPAS (since June 2018) 
  • 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. 
  • With Monika Sauter and Stephen Koetzing, ed. COPAS: Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, vol. 15, no. 1, 2014.

Journal Articles:

  • "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.
  • "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.
  • “‘Mama’s Baby, Papa’s, Too’: Toward Critical Mixed Race Studies.” Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, vol. 65, no. 2, 2017, pp. 161-72.
Book Chapters: 
  • “Queer Futurity.” Critical Terms in Futures Studies. Edited by Heike Paul. Palgrave, 2019, pp. 253-59.
  • “Return to Which Roots? Interracial Documemoirs by Macky Alston, Eliachi 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.
  • “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.
  • “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.


  • 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, 2019. (forthcoming)
  • 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.