Rebecca Brings, PhD Student in Literature

Office: Off-Campus

MA in Comparative Literature, University College London (UCL), London, UK|
BA in English and German Literature, Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelm Universität, Bonn, Germany
Study-Abroad: University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

Areas of Interest

  • Postcolonial literature, Afrofutururism, Africanfuturism
  • Animal Studies
  • Posthumanism
  • Black Studies

Courses Taught

  • English 1113 and 1213: First-Year Composition
  • English 1113 Co-requisite: First-Year Composition
  • English 1413: First-Year Composition (Multimodal)
  • English 2413: Conversations in Literature


  • “Queering Genre: A Queer Reading of Jamaica Kincaid’s The Autobiography of My Mother”. Wreck Park Journal, Critical. 2019.

Conferfence Presentations

  • “Fictions of Oppression: The Captivity Narrative as Political Tool.” This Land is My Land”: Reclaiming Spaces and Narratives English Graduate Student Conference, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK. 7-9 Mar 2019.

Professional Appointments or Professional Service

  • Managing Editor, American Indian Quarterly
  • Assistant Director of First-Year Composition

Awards and Recognition

  • OSU FYC Certificate for Outstanding Achievement in Writing Pedagogy, 2020
  • Walkiewicz Contemporary Studies Scholarship, 2019
  • May Wilson Wood Scholarship, 2018
  • Luecke Memorial Prize, 2019

Current Research

I am currently working on my dissertation on the representation of animal welfare in postcolonial texts and media. The animal, in particular but not limited to the dog, remains fraught with political power in efforts of decolonization. I hope my project will contribute to a body of knowledge that practices epistemic disobedience, follows the “decolonial option” (Mignolo) to create a potential for alternative ways of relationality and being.