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Justin Rogers-Cooper
Campus Affiliation: LaGuardia Community College
Degrees/Diplomas: B.A. Skidmore College, Ph.D. Graduate Center
Research Interests: American Studies; Nineteenth century urban studies; American working-class fiction and cultural studies, including literary naturalism and pragmatism; Critical race and ethnic studies; Feminist and black Marxisms; The 1877 general strike



“Contagion and Racial Capitalism in the Late Nineteenth Century American Fiction.” InTransforming Contagion: Risky Contacts Among Bodies, Nations, and Disciplines. Eds Breanne Fahs et al. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2018.


“‘Truth-Written in Hell Fire’: William James and The Destruction of Gotham.” Special Issue: New Directions in William James and Literary Studies. William James Studies Vol 13, no. 2 (Fall 2017), 240-281.


“Introduction to WJS Special Issue: Further Directions in William James and Literary Studies.” Co-authored with Todd Barosky. Special Issue: New Directions in William James and Literary Studies.William James Studies. Vol 13, no. 2 (Fall 2017), i-vii.


“Introduction to WJS Special Issue: New Directions in William James and Literary Studies.” Co-authored with Todd Barosky. William James Studies. Vol 13, No. 1 (Spring 2017), i-iv.


“Downfall of the Republic! The 1877 General Strike and the Fictions of Red Scare.” Canadian Review of American Studies. Vol 46, No. 3, Winter 2016. (Honorary Mention, 2016 Ernest Redekop prize, Canadian Association for American Studies​)


“The Minoritarian Turn in Nineteenth Century American Literary Studies.” In The Canadian Review of American Studies. Vol 46, no 2: 280-294. 


“Rethinking Cold War Culture: Gender, Domesticity, and Labor on the Global Home Front.” InInternational Labor and Working-Class History, Vol 87 (Spring 2015): 235-249. 


“Crowds and Spinoza’s Concept of the Political.” Mediations. Vol 25, no 2 (2011): 37-59.


About Professor Rogers-Cooper:


I'm currently working on two articles. The first is a co-authored piece with Dr. Scott Henkel (University of Wyoming) into techniques of white sadism in riot and lynching narratives by Charles Chesnutt and Ida B. Wells, which we see as forms of racialized policing and accumulation by dispossession. The second is part of my book project based on the 1877 general strike, which re-interprets the strike through the traditions of Caribbean and north Atlantic food riots, and that I set within the long durée of transatlantic rebellions against capitalist food economies. 


As Vice President of the New York Metro American Studies Association (NYMASA), I was thrilled to co-create the 2016  "C.L.R. James Now!" symposium here at the Graduate Center with the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and Caribbean (IRADAC). I'm a regular guest on The Nostaliga Trap podcast, which I see as a continuation of many conversations I've had with students at the Grad Center, past and present.