Rebecca Wanzo

Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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​Professor Wanzo’s research interests include African American literature and culture, critical race theory, feminist theory, the history of popular fiction in the United States, cultural studies, theories of affect, and graphic storytelling.

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Rebecca Wanzo, associate professor of women, gender and sexuality studies


Wanzo on black visual mourning

Wanzo on black visual mourning

Rebecca Wanzo, associate professor of women, gender and sexuality studies in Arts & Sciences, will examine the work of artist Sanford Biggers as part of a panel discussion titled “Re: Black Visual Mourning” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
‘Dwell in Other Futures’

‘Dwell in Other Futures’

Visions of the future shape how we see the present. On April 27 and 28, Washington University’s Divided City initiative will co-sponsor “Dwell in Other Futures,” a two-day event exploring how collisions of race, urbanism and futurism might spark fresh ideas about the city that is and the city that is to come.


The Content of Our Caricature

African American Comic Art and Political Belonging

Traces the history of racial caricature and the ways that Black cartoonists have turned this visual grammar on its head. Revealing the long aesthetic tradition of African American cartoonists who have made use of racist caricature as a Black diasporic art practice, Rebecca Wanzo demonstrates how these artists have resisted histories of visual imperialism and […]