Rachel Lauren Willis

Rachel Willis
Cohort Year: 2021
Research Interests: African-American Literature | Caribbean Literature | Twentieth-Century American Literature | Queer Studies | Aesthetics | Feminist Theory
Education: BA, University of Michigan, 2019; MA, University of Michigan, 2020


Rachel received her B.A. in French and Francophone Studies and her M.A. in Transcultural Studies from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.  At the University of Chicago, she is part of the Neubauer Family Doctoral Fellows 2021-2022 cohort, and is working towards a certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies.  Rachel's work primarily focuses on 20th century African-American and Caribbean literature and aesthetics, with particular attention to writers such as Lorraine Hansberry, Claude McKay, James Baldwin, Marie Chauvet, and others.