Rebecca Wanzo is Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interests include African American literature and culture, theories of affect, popular culture, critical race theory, and feminist theory. Her first book, The Suffering Will Not Be Televised: African American Women and Sentimental Political Storytelling (SUNY 2009) looks at the kinds of stories people tell in the United States to make their suffering legible to various communities and institutions. Using African American women as a case study, she explores topics such as medical discourse about black women and pain, child abduction coverage, representations of sexual violence, and Oprah Winfrey.
She has published work in journals such as Women and Performance, differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, The Journal of Popular Culture, and the Washington University Journal of Law and Public Policy. She is currently working on a book entitled The Melancholic Patriot, which looks at representations of African American citizenship in U.S. graphic storytelling, an edited collection about popular media in the U.S., and a set of essays about identity, “post” discourses, and time.