Thomas, Rhondda Robinson
Associate Professor, African American Literature
Office: 812 Strode
Focus: Nineteenth-century African American Literature
Rhondda Thomas's research and teaching interests 19th-century African American literature and culture, politics of black identity, autobiographical scholarship, African American literature and the Bible, race and culture studies, African American historiography, migration narratives, and African American women writers.
Selected Professional Works
The South Carolina Roots of African American Thought, A Reader, co-edited with Susanna Ashton. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2014.
Claiming Exodus: A Cultural History of Afro-Atlantic Identity, 1774-1903 Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2013.
First edited and annotated edition of Jane Edna Hunter’s autobiography A Nickel and a Prayer. 1941. Regenerations series. Vol. 2. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia UP, 2011.
Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)
“Locating Slave Narratives.” Oxford Handbook of the African American Slave Narrative. Ed. John Ernest. New York: Oxford UP, 2014.
“‘Slaves of the State’: Convict Labor and Clemson Land and Legacy.” South Carolina Review 46 (Spring 2014).
Guest co-editor with Angela Naimou of themed-issue of the South Carolina Review, “Locating African American Literature” 46 (Spring 2014).
"The First Negro Priest on Southern Soil: Rev. George Freeman Bragg, Jr. and the Struggle of Black Episcopalians in the South, 1824-1909.” Southern Quarterly, Jubilee Edition (Fall 2012).
“Exodus and Colonization: Charting the Journey in the Journals of Daniel Coker.” African American Review 41:3 (2007).
Conference Presentations (Delivered)
“Locating Slave Narratives,” Reframing Slave Narratives—A Roundtable in Honor of William L. Andrews, C19 Conference, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, March 2014
“From John C. Calhoun’s Fort Hill Plantation to Clemson College: The Legalities of the Legacy of Slavery and the University of Upstate South Carolina,” American Society of Legal History Conference, Miami, November 2013.
“Lincoln—Pharaoh or Moses?: Henry Turner, John Rock, and Robert Smalls Re-envision the Civil War,” Association for the Study of African American Life and History Conference, Jacksonville, Florida, October 2013.
“A Literary Scholar Digs Up Du Bois’ Past: Integrating Place into the African American Literature Classroom,” In Search of W.E.B. Du Bois, Great Barrington's Native Son panel, College Language Association Conference, Atlanta, March 2012.
“From John C. Calhoun’s Plantation to Clemson College: Recovering History in Plain Sight.” Paper to be presented on the University Land and Slavery: the Soul of Clemson panel at the Slavery and the Universities: History and Legacies Conference, Emory University, Atlanta, 4 Feb. 2011.
“‘A Simple Story of Service’?: Reconciling Discrepancies between Autobiography and the Archives” for the African American Autobiography and the Archives: Teaching Students to become Scholars panel I chaired for the Northeastern Modern Language Association Conference, Montreal, Canada, April 2010.
“The Economics of Social Welfare: White Philanthropists, Black Donors, and Jane Edna Hunter’s Phillis Wheatley Association,” Paper presented at the Association for the 95th Annual Study of African American Life and History Conference, Raleigh, NC, 1 Oct. 2010.
“The Power of Everyday Liminal Space in African American Migrations from Slavery to Freedom.” Paper presented at the Power and Place in African American History, 4th Annual New Perspectives on African American History and Culture Conference, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 26 Feb. 2010.