Professor Rowden’s primary teaching and research interests are African American literature and popular culture, global cinema, continental and African philosophy, and cultural theory.


Ph.D. Cornell University, 1992

M.A. Cornell University 1988

B.A. University of Arkansas (Pine Bluff), 1986

Scholarship / Publications

Selected Publications:

The Songs of Blind Folk: African American Musicians and the Cultures of Blindness, University of Michigan Press, 2009

Transnational Cinema: The Film Reader (co-edited with Elizabeth Ezra) in Focus on Film Series, Routledge, 2006.

Book Chapters:
“Postcolonial Transplants: Cinema, Diaspora, and the Body Politic” (with Elizabeth Ezra).  Comparing Postcolonial Diasporas. Eds. Michele Keown, David Murphy, and James Proctor. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.  2011-227.

“Time Code and the Cinematic of Supplementarity. Shifting Landscapes: Film and Media in European Context. Eds. Miyase Christensen and Nezih Erdogan.  Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008.  278-301.

Journal Articles:
“The ‘Top’ of the Heap: Race, Manhood, and Legitimation in My Life in Porn: The Bobby Blake Story”, special issue “Sexuality and Eroticism in Black Film, Cinema, and Video” in Black Camera: An International Film Journal. (April 2011)

“Harlem Undercover: Difference and Desire in African American Popular Music, 1920-1940” in ELN (English Language Notes) 45.2, (Fall/Winer 2007)

“A Play of Abstractions: Race, Sexuality, and Community in James Baldwin’s Another Country”, The Southern Review, 1993 (Volume 29, Number 1.)