PhD Candidate & Teaching Fellow
Department of English and Comparative Literature
UNC - Chapel Hill
Rachel Warner is a PhD candidate and teaching fellow in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation, “Inverts, Tomboys, and Drag Kings: Female Masculinities in Modernist American Literature and Culture, 1890-1940,” examines cultural representations of female masculinity in Anglo-American high modernism and the Harlem Renaissance. Her broader research focuses on the history of sexuality, gender variance, and racial formation in modernist American literature and culture. She has completed two peer-reviewed publications: one explores Black feminist theories of embodiment in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, forthcoming from Society & Animals; the other offers an archival analysis of Zora Neale Hurston’s brief tenure at UNC-CH and NCCU, published by the North Carolina Literary Review in May 2020. Finally, Rachel co-directs the graduate working group the Literature, Medicine and Culture Colloquium, and regularly teaches classes on horror literature and media, gender and sexuality studies, and English composition.