Rachel Peterson

Associate Professor, Liberal Studies Department
LIB 201 Coordinator

Grand Valley State University
237 Lake Ontario Hall
Allendale, MI 49401



  • AAA 315: Field to Factory, African American Migration
  • LIB 201: Diversity in the United States
  • LIB 320: Voices of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States
  • LIB 350: The Immigrant Experience in the United States
  • LIB 366: American Society and Media
  • LIB 401: Visionary Thinkers: Ann Petry    and    Brown/Douglass


“Correspondence: Journalism, Anticommunism and Marxism in 1950s Detroit.” In Anticommunism and the African American Freedom Movement: Another Side of the Story. Eds. Clarence Lang and Robbie Lieberman. Series Editor Manning Marable. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

“Bill V. Mullen’s Afro-Orientalism and James Edward Smethurst’s The Black Arts Movement: Literary Nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s,” (book review essay). In Radical Teacher, Spring 2008 (issue # 80).

“‘Invisible Hands at Work’: Domestic Service and Meritocracy in Ann Petry’s Novels and Journalism.” In Revising the Blueprint: Ann Petry and the Literary Left. Ed. Alex Lubin. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2007.

“Interracial Antiracism: Stacy I. Morgan’s Rethinking Social Realism: African American Art and Literature and Alex Lubin’s Romance and Rights: The Politics of Interracial Intimacy,” (book review essay). In Against the Current, May/June 2006.

“John O. Killens,” “Abraham Polonsky,” “Daily Worker,” and “New Masses.” In The Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics. Ed. M. Keith Booker. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005.

“The Economic Impetus for the Red Scare.” In The Red Scare After 1945. Ed. Robbie Lieberman. New York: Manly, Inc., 2005.

“Richard Wright’s ‘Red Ladder’: Marxism, Race and Anti-colonialism.” In Nature, Society, and Thought, Volume 15, No. 1, Winter, 2001.

“E. San Juan Jr.’s Racism and Cultural Studies Critiques of Multiculturalist Ideology and the Politics of Difference, (book review). In Against the Current, Volume 18, No. 5, December 2003.

“Ehreneich’s ‘Nickel and Dimed,’” (book review), in Political Affairs, Vol. 82, no. 3, March 2003.

“Clyde Woods’ Development Arrested: The Blues and Plantation Power in the Mississippi Delta,” (book review). In Political Affairs, Volume 81, No. 11, November 2002.

“‘The White Problem’: Class and Racial Divisions within SNCC.” In Proteus: A Journal of Ideas, Volume 15, No.1, Spring 1998.


“Wright, Fanon and James on Marxism and Anti-Colonialism on the Gold Coast.” Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 2008.

“The People’s Voice: A Progressive African American Press Confronts the Cold War.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, October 2008.

“African American Writers, Communism and Anticommunism: Trajectories of Commitment.” Organization of American Historians and National Council on Public History Annual Conference, Washington, DC, April 2006.

“‘Mystifying Totalities’: E. San Juan Jr. and Imperial Culture.” Great Lakes American Studies Association, Indianapolis, IN, March 2005.

“Redefining Reproduction, Violation and Unity in Theodore Ward’s ‘Throwback’.” MELUS (The Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States) Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, March 2004.

“Theodore Ward’s John Brown: Staging Wars Against Slavery, Colonialism, and Capitalism.” American Studies Association Annual Conference, Hartford, CT, October 2003.

Correspondence, A Worker’s Newspaper: Entertainment as Revolution in 1950s Detroit.” Popular Culture Association Conference: Protest Issues and Actions Section, New Orleans, LA, April 2003.

“‘The Chafe and Jar of Nuclear War’: Berryman and Lowell’s Protest Poetry.” War Poetry: Soldiers, Veterans, Protestors, Noncombatants, Independence, MO, February 2001.

“‘But What Sort of Society Will Make Him See Me’: Autonomy and Representation in Ellison, Wright and James and the Communist Party.” American Studies Association and the Canadian Association of American Studies Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada, October 1999.


Kitty Cats

Ph.D., Program in American Culture, University of Michigan

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