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Mary Grace Albanese

Assistant Professor

English, General Literature and Rhetoric


Mary Grace Albanese’s work centers on the transnational Americas in the long 19th-century. Her book project, Prophetic Power: Haiti, the United States and Black Women's Spiritual Labor reveals how African American women, including Marie Laveau, Sojourner Truth, Maria Stewart, and Pauline Hopkins drew on Afro-Caribbean spiritual energies to reclaim their right to their own bodies, minds, and kinship structures. Articles from this project, and others, appear or are forthcoming in American Literature, ESQ, and J19, as well as several edited collections. She has also written reviews and short essays for Critical Inquiry, American Literary History, SX Salon, Callaloo, and Common-Place, among other venues. Mary Grace received her PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in 2017 and was a visiting doctoral student at Sciences Po, Paris from 2015-2016. She is a 2019-2020 Cornell Society for the Humanities Fellow.


  • PhD, MPhil, MA, Columbia University

Research Interests

  • Literatures of the Americas
  • The Haitian Revolution
  • Archival Theory

Teaching Interests

  • American Literature to 1920
  • Revolutionary Ecologies
  • All American Zombies