Department of English Language and Literature and the College
C. Riley Snorton is a cultural theorist who analyzes representations of race, gender, and sexuality throughout history. He is the author of Nobody Is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low (University of Minnesota Press, 2014) and Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity (University of Minnesota Press, 2017), winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction and an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book in Non-Fiction in 2018. He is currently co-editing an anthology, tentatively entitled Saturation: Racial Matter, Institutional Limits, and the Excesses of Representation (New Museum/MIT, forthcoming in 2019) and The Flesh of the Matter: A Hortense Spillers Reader (forthcoming).
His scholarship has been recognized with a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at Pomona College, and two fellowships at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research.
Snorton is in residence at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago.